Student says Shakespeare

important to contemporary Māori

A student who has won the chance to perform at The Globe in London through a school programme that attracted controversy, says Māori are using Shakespeare to help make amends for the past.

Read this story in te reo Māori and English here. / Pānuitia tēnei i te reo Māori me te reo Pākehā ki konei.

Year 13 Nayland College student Tiaki Sharp (Ngāti Kahungunu , Ngāi Tūhoe) and Year 12 student Molly Clarke were last week selected to take part in the trip organised by the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand (SGCNZ), which includes workshops, rehearsals and the chance to perform at the theatre.

Sharp qualified via the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival – an SGCNZ school programme that Creative NZ cut funding for after 10 years of providing financial support.

The move prompted international headlines, after an assessor for Creative New Zealand claimed Shakespeare was not relevant to “decolonising Aotearoa”.

Link to article: Student says Shakespeare important to contemporary Māori | Stuff.co.nz


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