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Poi Hopes and Dream

Lanita Ririnui-Ryan (Tauranga Moana, Ngapuhi/Ngati Wai, Cook Islands) | Aotearoa New Zealand | 2017 | Website | All Ages 

Explore Poi (the Maori performing art, dance and music) in this series of visual portraits reflecting the relationship between a mother and child through the craft of Poi. Each portrait reflects something different about the world of Poi. From weaving the handle of the Poi, to movement in full flight, to synchronising beats, each story capturing another beautiful facet of the art known as Poi in this dynamic website.


Lanita Ririnui-Ryan is a freelance producer/director/writer/presenter across multi-platforms in screen production. Director of Through the Fire Ltd, she is a creative storyteller of Maori (Tauranga Moana, Ngapuhi/Ngati Wai) & Cook Islands decent. An independent producer, director, writer and presenter/MC, she has delivered various projects across screens of all sizes for the past 20 years and is inspired by stories of identity and cultural connection in contemporary society.