Tanya Muagututiʻa

Kaituhi Tūtahi | Contributing Writer

Since 1992, Tanya has been an integral part of the award-winning arts company Pacific Underground, a vehicle for ground-breaking Pacific theatre and tours (national and international), music concerts and albums. From 2000 Tanya with husband and Music Director Pos Mavaega led the company with new projects including Christchurch Pacific Arts Festival and for ten years developed multiple platforms, crossing over PU’s collective theatre skills to event management. Tanya also started co-producing shows for the Christchurch Arts Festival, such as Igelese Ete’s Ifoga (with Sam Uta’i), and Michel Tuffery’s First Contact, then gained Major Events experience working at Auckland’s Pasifika Festival. When the family relocated to Auckland, after Christchurch’s earthquakes Tanya continued with Major events, then the Auckland theatre company and the Auckland and Christchurch Arts Festivals. Today Tanya still creates with PU and after 17 years still volunteers at Aranui’s AFFIRM festival. She is also a freelancer with companies such as The Court Theatre, Mangere Arts Centre, Okāreka Dance Company, Flock and No.3 Roskill Theatre. In 2020 Tanya received two awards, the Adam NZ Playmarket Award and the CNZ Pacific Arts Special Recognition Award

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Pacific Arts Legacy Project12.11.20

Crucial Lessons of Making Platforms

Organiser, producer and playwright Tanya Muagututiʻa shares how she got involved with Pacific Underground, the longest-running Pacific performing-arts organisation.


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