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Te Pou Theatre presents Whakaari Matihiko, a series of FREE technical workshops to support Māori creatives who are interested in making digital theatre.

The series consists of five components, all aimed for entry-level participants:

Awheawhe hopurama focuses on lighting fundamentals for video.

Awheawhe hopuoro is an introduction to sound recording for video.

Awheawhe hopuata is a foundational video workshop using a mirrorless camera. 

Awheawhe tumu whakaputa    is an introduction to producing fundamentals.

Awheawhe kotikoti are sessions available for editing advice for your project.


We aim to equip Māori creatives with basic digital skills to then diversify theatre to include digital and live hybrid performing arts experiences. Māori creatives are invited to register on our website. Workshops will be conducted by an experienced photographer and video maker, Ralph Brown, and will be limited to ensure everyone will have a chance to use the equipment. Registrations will be made on a first in, first serve basis.


The workshops will be located at Corbans Estate Art Centre. Vaccination Passes are required.  

Kua tae te wā ki a koe hei piki taumata, nō reira, nau mai, haere mai.




Awheawhe Hopurama

Lighting Workshop


Participants will be introduced to controlled lighting fundamentals for video. This is a useful entry level workshop that will enable you to emulate natural light with introduced lighting, as well as explore creative studio-lighting.

Session 1: 31 January 2022, 10am - 1pm

Session 2: 7 February 2022, 10am - 1pm



  • How to set up and use lighting equipment, including stands, cabling and sandbags

  • Know the various types of lights, incl. LED, Tungsten and HMI

  • Fundamentals of colour control, and light-shaping with soft and hard light.


Awheawhe Hopuoro

Sound Workshop



  • The various Mic types such as a shotgun, cardioid, Lav and in-camera mic and their differences

  • How to use each mic type for recording dialogue, interviews and ambient sound

  • Learn camera and audio syncing techniques

  • Learn about reverb, damping, noise avoidance and common challenges with recording sound.


Awheawhe Hopuata

Camera Workshop


During these hands-on session, you will be introduced to the basic principles of filming using a mirrorless camera. This is an excellent entry level workshop intended to get you comfortable and familiar with using a camera.

Session 1: 3 February 2022, 10am - 4.30pm

Session 2: 10 February 2022, 10am - 4.30pm



  • Basic principles and settings for operating a camera manually

  • How to control exposure (i.e: brightness/darkness) and white balance (i.e: adjusting colours to match the lighting)

  • Learn about different lenses and lens-settings (choosing focal length and aperture) and manual focussing.

  • Advanced camera settings

  • Learn how to correctly set a tripod, and build on accessories external monitor and a matte box.

  • Camera movement, handheld techniques and stabilisation methods.


Awheawhe Tumu Whakatupu

Producing Workshop


These workshops will take you through the fundamentals of how to take your creative projects to the next stage

Facilitated by Ralph Brown and Briar Collard (from Eyes and Ears), register your interest and we can help you with your project.

Session 1: 4 February 2022, 10am - 1pm

Session 2: 9 February 2022, 10am - 1pm


  • Overview of the stages of a video production - i.e: conception, pre-production, filming and post-production.

  • Small / single-person crews through to larger commercial or artistic productions

  • Creative process: concept development, communicating ideas (visual references/ scripts/ storyboards)

  • Organising tools: costings, call sheets

  • Sharing past case studies, and working through example projects with participants


Awheawhe Kotikoti

Editing Sessions


The world of editing is vast and complex, that it's difficult to give a general overview. Ralph will be hosting drop in sessions for any person or group wanting help for a project, or a place to start your editing journey. Register your interest and we will be in touch to discuss further how we can help you.

Drop in sessions available 

5 February 2022 & 11 February 

Register your interest to book a session


What will I learn?​

  • Introduction to tools and workflow using Adobe Premiere Pro

  • Import and organise files

  • Review footage and build an edit timeline

  • Layer video files, images, text and audio

  • Basic colour correction

  • Basic audio correction

  • Exporting files

Register Your Interest
Making Whakaari Matihiko


Please register below to attend and we will be in touch to confirm details for your tech workshops.

Which workshops would you like to attend? The content will be same for both weeks

Week ONE
Week TWO

Ngā mihi, we will be in touch with more information!


Whakaari Matihiko Workshop
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