Meet our 2016 Matariki Rhythmz Ambassadors
Olly Coddington & Lavinia ‘Uhila
Lavinia ‘Uhila graduated from the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) in 2009 in Christchurch. Her triple threat skills have allowed her to perform in various performing arts mediums across theatre and screen. At the 2014 inaugural Auckland Theatre Awar ,Lavinia was awarded the Newcomer Award – Producer and Actor.Lavinia has a passion for working with her community and is currently directing and producing shows, and during the day Youth Mentoring in high schools.
Iwi: Te Arawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Also part Rarotongan and Tahitian
I grew up in Whaingaroa/Raglan where I learnt about Te Reo and tikanga Māori at Raglan Area School, so I learnt about the significance of Matariki at a young age. I also learnt to surf in Raglan which is something I still love to do.
I have been working in the world of Māori broadcasting for over 11 years. I’m passionate about promoting and telling positive stories of Aotearoa, especially those with Māori and Polynesian significance.
I’m not the meanest dancer or singer, but I love watching and listening to people who are good at it! So needless to say I’m pumped to be involved with Matariki Rhythms and am looking forward to seeing the rangatahi of Tamaki Makaurau tear the stage up and celebrate Matariki in style!