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.
Tommy was born in Whanganui Haunui -a-Pāpārangi Tommy was born in Whanganui, but moved to Christchurch when he was seven. He spent the rest of his schooling years in Christchurch and attended Victoria University in Wellington.
Tommy has always been creative, and has dabbled in music production for several years as well as learning Photoshop basics when he was young. He fell into design only in 2016 and decided to put real effort in by changing his career, and started out by taking the odd job from Ariki Creative.
Tommy says “I found that I loved the mahi and that the design industry might finally be the starting point for a rewarding career - so I jumped at the opportunity to join this programme as I knew the hands-on experience could help me to further bolster my skillset.”
He looks forward to working with like-minded individuals, with drive and high-achieving aspirations similar to his own. Currently every job has challenged him, as the huge variety of mahi means nothing is ever the same as before yet he is confident active learning is the fastest and most effective method for him.