.Cat Ruka is an indigenous wāhine creative based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa.
Trained in choreography, performance art and indigenous decolonisation studies, Cat's practice is unique to Aotearoa and offers relevant political discourse in the conversation around contemporary NZ identity.
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. She 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's overall mission is to contribute to the development of a strong creative culture in Aotearoa in a meaningful and intentional way by working across multiple communities and throughout the various levels within the sector. Through harnessing the knowledge of her tīpuna around leadership and rangatiratanga, Cat aims to carve space for the next generation of artists and ensure generational health within the sector.