We are so excited to announce our two final keynote speakers: Professor Tahu Kukutai and Shaun Angeles. Shaun is…. Tahu
Tuaratini is a Takitua - a Storyteller.
She was raised by her mother in central Auckland and from a very young age became fascinated with folklore. She devoured books of Greek and Roman mythology and immersed herself in worlds filled with magic, wonder, heroes, gods and goddesses.
It wasn’t till she reached her teens that she discovered her own Pacific history was filled with incredible stories riddled with feats and exploits daring and miraculous – with gods and goddesses that magically became one with the sea, land and sky – and so she says, she was hooked and her love for Pacific Storytelling began.
Tuaratini is currently the Project Manager at the Pacifica Arts Centre in west Auckland and facilitates varying arts, community, and education programmes. She performs as the Pacifica Experience official Storyteller, and is the senior tutor of the programme’s Music, Drums & Dance workshop. After graduating with her Bachelor of Communications Studies degree in 1996, she entered the media industry and worked in pan pacific broadcasting at Radio 531pi and Niu Fm as a journalist, producer, and announcer.
She has featured in various televised works addressing pacific culture, both as the subject and as a presenter. She supports several community initiatives as freelance communications advisor and was the entertainment coordinator at the Cook Islands village at the Pasifika Festival for 19 years.
Ten years ago Tuaratini began focusing on the preservation and documentation of pacific cultural arts and practices through the recording of oral histories and the performance of, song, chant, prayer and legends of the Cook Islands.
Tuaratini regularly performs pacific storytelling at schools, festivals, libraries, and arts events around NZ. In February 2017 she ran workshops and performed at the Chennai Storytelling Festival in India. She was invited to return to India in June 2018 to deliver a storytelling masterclass workshop programme and a performance evening. Tuaratini has performed annually for the Storylines Festival and recently wrote her first fully Cook Islands language storytelling piece Te Roimata o Turarii which she debuted as part of the TUROU Exhibition at the Corban Estate Arts Gallery Centre – coinciding with the Creative NZ Pacific Heritage Arts Fono 2017.
Tuaratini engages audiences with her dramatic retelling of ancient legends of the pacific, and her desire to develop herself further as an artist led her back to her homeland of Mangaia in 2016 where she researched Mangaian legends.
In 2017 Tuaratini co-founded the Turou Takitua Storytelling Network, a group dedicated to the growth and development of Cook Islands storytelling in Aotearoa. The group recognises that storytelling happens in all walks of life and so the collective is a coming together of traditional and contemporary storytellers as well as writers, composers, dancers, singers, and musicians.
As a Takitua, Tuaratini continues to develop her practice through research and engagement with other practitioners and knowledge holders both nationally and internationally.
She has just completed a CNZ supported workshop programme called Te Kapua’anga which gathered together a small group of pacific storytellers, as well as master knowledge holders to experience and examine the storytelling practices of pacific peoples both in the homeland and as it exists here in New Zealand.
Tuaratini is working closely with Pacific communities to encourage the revitalization of the storytelling styles of the Pacific and with the Turou Takitua Storytelling network, hosts monthly storytelling gatherings at the Pacifica Arts Centre in Henderson, Auckland.
Tara Robertson, Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Partner for Mozilla, will be flying from Vancouver to Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui to join us for NDF in November. Tara is a librarian with deep experience and expertise in accessibility, open source, open access and open education and we know she has so much great knowledge and insight to share with all of us. Kia ora Tara!
Tara Robertson (@tararobertson) is an intersectional feminist who uses data and research to advocate for equality and inclusion. Currently working as the Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Partner for Mozilla, she has more than 10 years experience making open source and tech communities more diverse and welcoming.
Tara's core values are social justice, collaboration and all things open–open source, open access and open education. Her curiosity and delight in connecting people come together in person and online, where she can often be found asking good questions.
As a librarian with five years leading accessibility work in higher education, she brings practical expertise of how of universal design can be used to include people with disabilities and enhance access for everyone. Tara has a Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia.
You can learn more about Tara and her fantastic mahi at tararobertson.ca
Bergis has been on our NDF speaker radar for a while now with several people recommending him and the amazing work he is doing. We're so stoked that we're able to welcome him to NDF2018. Bergis' incredible work, across several initiatives, involves helping community-based archives, especially those documenting the lives of marginalized people, to build capacity and achieve long-term sustainability. He is passionate about helping these vital cultural heritage spaces continue to exist independently and as legitimate sites where historical inquiry can take place. This is important mahi and we're so looking forward to learning more from Bergis in November.
Bergis Jules (@bergisjules) is an Archivist and Community Lead on the Documenting the Now project which seeks to develop tools and practices that support the ethical collection, use, and access to web and social media archival content. The work of Documenting the Now was initially developed in 2014 to support archiving of the protests and activism that took place in Ferguson, Missouri after the murder of Michael Brown, and as those activities played out on social media. Jules’ work also involves helping community-based archives, especially those documenting the lives of marginalized people, to build capacity and achieve long-term sustainability. He is passionate about helping these vital cultural heritage spaces continue to exist independently and as legitimate sites where historical inquiry can take place. Jules' previous community-based archives work includes leading programs at the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, developing the D.C. Africana Archives Project, and helping to lead the Diversifying the Digital Historical Record national forums. He received an M.A. in Library and Information Science and an M.A. in African American and African Diaspora Studies from Indiana University. He is currently a doctoral student in the Public History program at the University of California, Riverside where his research focuses on representations of African Americans in web archives.
Some of you might remember Michael from NDF2010 where he wowed us with his strategic thinking and ideas about the impact GLAM can make if we open up our content for others to use. We've been keeping an close eye on the great things he has been doing ever since. He is now co-founder of the Museum for the United Nations – UN Live and he is very excited share the work he is doing and, he says, “to learn from Aotearoa New Zealand’s amazing digital cultural sector.”
Michael Edson (@mpedson, usingdata.com) is a strategist and thought leader at the forefront of digital transformation in the cultural sector. He is co-founder and Associate Director of the Museum for the United Nations – UN Live, a new institution currently being envisioned for Copenhagen, Denmark and locations throughout the world. Michael was formerly the Director of Web and New Media Strategy for the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex, based in Washington, DC. Michael is a Salzburg Global Fellow; a Fellow at the Getty Leadership Institute; a Presidential Distinguished Fellow emeritus at the Council for Libraries and Information Resources (USA); and the founder of the Openlab Workshop initiative, a solutions lab, convener, and consultancy designed to accelerate the speed and impact of transformational change in the GLAM sector. Michael is an O'Reilly Foo Camp alumni (and an NDF alumni too!) and he was named a "Tech Titan: person to watch" by Washingtonian magazine.