TEHERENUI KOTEKA

I was born and raised on the island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. Through my veins flows the blood of my Kuki Airani ancestors, lineage that stretches from Penrhyn in the North to Mangaia in the South.

I am a third-year theatre, film, and media studies student studying at Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington. As an aspiring scriptwriter, I see theatre and film as platforms to magnify the under-represented voice of Pasifika peoples. I bring into my work the perspective of a young Pasifika woman.

I aim to weave the traditions of my ancestors, with the experiences of modern Pasifika youth, to create work that encourages my people to generate and engage in conversations surrounding current issues. 

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