This year we’ve introduced edutainment to the programme ‒ education and entertainment in one hit!
We’re excited to have the iconic musician Laughton Kora performing and sharing a kōrero centred around our uLearn21 theme; Aotearoa e tōnui nei | Thriving Aotearoa.
The amazing Jamie Berry is performing a live VJ set (a multi-sensory, multi-media experience) that explores the past, present and future of Aotearoa through her DNA and whakapapa.
Suli Tuitaupe will bring an afternoon energiser with Island Dance Beats, a Pacific dance inspired group fitness session.
Join us and enjoy the edutainment!
Laughton plays keyboard, guitar, bass, harmonica, drums, lead and back-up vocals & can do backflips and breathe fire!
He has been playing music since the age of 6, appearing on stage as part of his father’s band until 17 years old. He won SmokeFree RockQuest with his band Aunty Beatrice, toured New Zealand and released a single. He moved to Queenstown and formed Soul Charge with KP (Sunshine Sound System) and PDiggs (Shapeshifter).
In 2001 he headed to Wellington and formed KORA (2003-2012) with his brothers performing shows and festivals across Aotearoa and around the world.
Since 2013 Laughton has forged ahead with his own solo career producing music, acting and directing, teaching and performing live music.
Jamie is a Multidisciplinary Artist who creates large scale multimedia artworks that explore Aotearoa histories while reflecting on identity and whakapapa. Originally from Tūranganui-a-kiwa and based in Pōneke, Jamie draws inspiration from both locations.
Jamie’s work engages indigenous issues close to home making connections between past, present, and future. Jamie creates narratives through her DNA based soundscape, moving image, and installation. Jamie is also a founding and active member of 7558 Collective. Jamie recently was a finalist in the Kiingi Tuheitia portrait awards now exhibiting at the NZ Portrait Gallery, Wellington.
“O lou soifua maloloina lelei! - Health is wealth!”
Suli is passionate about health and wellbeing, and the promotion of physical activity. His passion stems from supporting, inspiring, and empowering individuals to take ownership of their health status and wellness.
Working as a practice nurse in Aranui, Christchurch, Suli is also the clinical and health promotion team leader for Tangata Atumotu, a Pacific non-government organisation. Suli advocates for our most vulnerable, with the goal of improving health outcomes for families and communities.