Autaia – a Maori performing arts kaupapa (skill/value) – is opening up the world of Māori performing arts to students and enabling them to use this work to gain NCEA credits, Stuff reports. The programme was pioneered by Kura Te Ua (Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri, Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Te Whakatōhea and Tūhoe) last year when she partnered with Auckland Live for the premiere of Autaia. Georgia Williams (Waikato, Tainui), who is year 12 at Auckland’s Rutherford College, says, “I think it’s really awesome that we have this opportunity to do something like this as Māori.”