My name is Cat Ruka and I'm an indigenous wāhine creative from the Hokianga living in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland, Aotearoa.
I am currently the Artistic Director of Tempo Dance Festival which happens every year in October. I have a background in arts education, and enjoy collaborating with rangatahi to make performance and choreographic work. My overall mission is to contribute to the development of a strong creative culture in Aotearoa, and ensure that tangata whenua have a presence within that, now and in the future.
I also do freelance work for not-for-profit arts organisations such as grant-writing, creative consultancy, cultural competency-building and strategic planning. I work alongside organisations to help them refine their vision, connect them with the right communities and collaborators, and source the funding they need to make their creative dreams a reality.