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Taane Mete


Taane Mete graduated with honours from the New Zealand School of Dance in 1988 and is a senior male dancer in Aotearoa – New Zealand.

His performing experience has seen him dance with companies such as Footnote Dance Company, Douglas Wright Dance Company, Taiao Dance Company, Fusion Dance Theatre, Michael Parmenter’s (Commotion Company), The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Human Garden Dance Company, Mau Dance Company and Atamira Dance Collective. Taane was also a founding member and a senior dancer for Black Grace Dance Company.

Taane also works as a choreographer in the entertainment industry and has choreographed two winning performances for the hit show “Queen of the Whole Universe’ 2007 and 2008. Other shows include New Zealand Fashion Week, The World of Wearable Art 2009 and 2010, the opening of Auckland’s Vector Arena. Taane also performed and choreographed for Finale Cabaret and Restaurant in Auckland.

More recently Taane has worked as choreographer for award winning show, K’Road Strip, which has toured internationally.

He has also taught as a tutor for UNITEC New Zealand and the New Zealand School of Dance. Taane has also featured in the short film ‘Hurtle’ by Shona McCullagh, and Peter Jackson’s ‘King Kong’. One of the highlights in his career was performing for a month on Broadway in New York in 2005 with Black Grace Dance Company. In 2005 – 2006 Taane worked for Front of the Box Productions as a television presenter for the program Takataapui.

In 2007 Taane joined forces with Taiaroa Royal and together they formed Okareka Dance Company Ltd. Their success show Tama Ma has toured New Zealand, America and China. Okareka will tour Tama Ma to Brisbane 2011. “Tama Ma a life of dance” is a 70 min documentary created by Heather Lee and Mark Summerville premiered on Maori Television Oct 10 2010. It will also tour with the stage show Tama Ma.

Taane graduated from the Leadership New Zealand programme in 2008 and continues to advocate a leadership role in the dance community as well as developing a dance program catered to tertiary students. In the summer of 2010 Taane was fortunate enough to work with Louise Potiki Bryant and Charles Royal in the show Te Karohorohi.