Tai Ao, Tai Pō

Tai Ao, Tai Pō


Tai Ao, Tai Pō is a response from the Māori descendants of Pāparu, Nikuru, and Edward Welle to the Wellerman Shanty that went viral on TikTok in 2021

Komene Cassidy

Artistic Director
Rachael Rakena

Waiata Composition
Te Hapū ki Ōtākou Haka

Underwater Performance 
Katrina Bryant, Ripeka Potiki

Lain Frengley Kapahaka

Costume and Styling
Amber Bridgman

Music and Sound Design 
Laughton Kora

Sound Mastering
Tiki Taane

Video Edit
Rachael Rakena

Full credits at the end of the video

Artist Bio

Rachael Rakena

 Rachael Rakena (Ngāi Tahu, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Pākehā) coined the term ‘Toi Rerehiko’ to describe and locate her own video/ digital/ electronic-based art practice in terms of continuum, motion, and collaboration. Critiquing notions of fluid identity and cultural understandings of space and water through metaphors of digital space as water space, inhabited by iwi Māori, her art installations have evolved to enculturate and politicize water itself, navigating issues of ongoing Pacific diaspora, flooding and rising sea levels, and decolonization/(re)vitalization. Exhibiting internationally for 20 years and lecturing for 25 years she is currently based at Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University.