All images created by Cat Ruka and photographed by Ralph Brown. 

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.

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