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Merenia Gray

'Mehemea ka moemoea ahau, Ko ahau anake. Mehemea ka moemoe a tatou, ka taea e tatou.'
Te Puea Herangi

Merenia is an arts sector leader with 30 years experience both nationally and internationally in the performing arts, graduating from the New Zealand School of Dance in 1990. Merenia recently completed a 4-year tenure as a board member of Dance Aotearoa New Zealand. She has undertaken roles such as development and marketing manager for the New Zealand Dance Company, sponsorship manager and producer for Tempo Dance Festival and Director of Raising The Barre at The Royal New Zealand Ballet Studios.

Merenia’s diverse and multidisciplinary career includes work as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and director. She has performed and choreographed works in Hong Kong, Spain, France, Denmark and the United States.

She has taught dance in education at the New Zealand School of Dance and at both primary and secondary schools throughout Aotearoa. She is passionate about working with kaupapa Maori to inspire future generations of children through the art and legacy of dance.

Merenia is currently teaching her Art of Dance classes at TAPAC, Parnell’s Jubilee Hall and Wellesley Studios. She is the Artistic Director of Merenia Gray Dance Theatre and Executive Creative Director of Kōwhiti Productions Ltd.

Merenia lives in Auckland with her husband Mark O'Brien and three teenage children.

(Photo by John McDermott; taken for Kiss The Sky)