Te Ao Hangarau hosts four internships annually as part of 'The Pipeline' within the Ka Hao project. The internship/tauira programme provides commercial experience across a range of creative digital disciplines with Ariki Creative, Maui Studios and Manu Media.
Interning with Te Ao Hangarau is an opportunity for rangatahi coming up through our wananga and planned education pathways.
Watch this space to see what our tauira for 2017 have been getting up to!
Pirika grew up in his early days in Te Puke, small-town Bay of Plenty, but has spent most of his life in Ōtautahi.
He’s been a creative in every sense of the word since day dot and was insprired to study mahi whakairo in Rotorua. He is now a successful, respected tattoo artist and specialises in Tamoko.
Pirika signed on the dotted line in August to bring fresh cultural design expertise to Te Ao Hangarau and has already begun mahi in earnest. He has jumped on the tohu design for Te Koha Suicide Prevention, a new initiative in Te Waipounamu, as well as the design for a new Waihōpai Rūnanga tohu. He’s also currently getting amongst the ‘Māorification of illustrations for the Māui Studios graphic novel, Tūmatauenga vs Te Whiro.
Pirika says he is most looking forward to up-skilling and gaining knowledge from working within Te Ao Hangarau.
Arielle has lived in Ōtautahi for the past four years but originally hails from Tokoroa in the South Waikato. She spent time in Palmerston North and Wellington while studying before taking the leap across Te Moana o Raukawa to start a career in journalism.
She has moved from journalism to corporate public relations to working in bars and as a receptionist - all roles which she says contributed invaluable experiences to her toolkit as a professional communicator. Since May 2017, she has embarked on her own journey being self-employed under the brand name, AKM Creative Communication.
As of August 31, Arielle has come onboard the TAH kaupapa as an intern keen to learn the basics of videography and design, grow her experience as a photographer and share her expertise in media relations, corporate and community communication.