.Cat Ruka is an indigenous wāhine creative based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa.
Trained in choreography, performance art and indigenous decolonisation studies, Cat's artistic practice is unique to Aotearoa and offers relevant political discourse in the conversation around contemporary NZ identity.
In addition to her art practice, Cat worked as an educator and creative mentor for ten years predominantly with Māori and Pasifika rangatahi. She is currently the Artistic Director of Tempo Dance Festival; New Zealand's leading pan-genre dance festival which happens every year in October.
Cat also does freelance work for not-for-profit arts organisations such as grant writing, creative consultancy, cultural competency building and strategic planning. Cat works alongside organisations to help them refine their vision, connect them with the right communities and collaborators, and source the funding they require to action their projects.
Cat holds a Bachelor's degree, post graduate Diploma and a Master's all from the University of Auckland's Dance Studies. Cat is currently conducting her PhD research in Decolonial Arts Leadership.