In every generation there is a ‘Jim’s Room.’ A room where experiences as rangatahi eventually shaped them as individuals and as ‘Tāne Māori.’
Four young Māori just about to leave high school and take the next step in life. These are stories and experiences told through the lens of four young Māori living in Ōtautahi and how their reflections serve as a guide for all rangatahi Māori today.
Through narrative, movement, and waiata we will journey through the minds of Rangatahi Māori today in our pursuit to provide a safe space for them all such as ‘Jim’s Room.’
Born and raised beneath the ranges of Kahukura despite his iwi links to the East Coast of Ngāti Porou and Rongowhakaata. Kua ora te ngākau i ēnei mahi, he kaupapa whakahirahira te mahi whakaari hei waka mō te reo me ngā tikanga o te Māori.
Hōhepa is the writer of He kura e huna ana which has gained good traction since its debut at the court theatre in 2015. He translated works such as Hinepau and Te Kuia me te pūngāwerewere for Takirua’s annual Te reo Māori season. Building new works through his newly established Kaupapa ‘Mahi Mahi Productions.’ Works include Jim’s Room and Te reo Māori works – ‘Te Rongomaiwhiti’ and ‘Henare.’