Chambers’ Arthouse Tribute ‘Karanga’ in the US

Karanga, directed by DEGANZ member Mary-Lyn Chambers (Incubator 2022), travelled to the US for the Wyoming International Film Festival as part of the Arthouse Programme.

The film is a dance and spoken word performance that explores the intersectionality of Māori and Pākehā descendants, centred around the late Tiahuia Te Puea Hērangi Ramihana Gray (Ngāi Tahu, Rangitāne, Tainui). Tiahuia is known for her extensive public service in Wellington. Throughout her life, she was a taurima at Te Herenga Wake Marae at Victoria University, a Māori advisor to Wellington City Council, a te reo Māori teacher, and a kai karanga who welcomed many notable guests to Wellington.

However, her legacy spans beyond her career. Tiahuia’s daughter, Merenia Gray, shared that her mother “was renowned for bringing Māori and Pākehā together and making everyone feel comfortable” in an article tribute with Stuff.

Merenia choreographed the dance, making the work a love letter to Tiahuia and a tribute to all mothers.

Well done to Mary-Lyn and the team; it is exciting to see Aotearoa stories told internationally!

Last updated on 18 July 2023