ABOUT MOTONE PRODUCTIONS
Creativity is a Super Power
Motone Productions is Motone Productions are the husband and wife team of Maurice Newport and Glenda Tuaine, both New Zealand born/Cook Island Maori.
Our company objective is to create events that take Pasifika and Maori artistic product and showcase within the Pacific region and all over the globe . We proudly work with all cultures, nationalities and creative people and make sure that our projects showcase positive cultural exchange. We like to give back to our community so all our events have a schools and learning programme connected to them meaning our young and old can access arts knowledge from leading professionals.
We develop world class arts events, Film and TV in Rarotonga and the Pacific boosting International cultural and artistic exchange, collaborations and sheer good times for artists and fans. Travelling in the Pacific is a pleasure but to combine that with a music, film or arts event...... that is paradise! If you want to know more about Glenda and Mo click here
In 2010 Tuaine completed being the Marketing Director for five years and the Acting CEO for 18 months for the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation where she re-branded the destination and developed the successful “Recession Free Oasis”Campaign. Prior to that she was the Events and Entertainment Manager at The National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa for 2 years. Creating a range of artistic products including developing the museums Matariki festival and their Maori showcase dining event. Glenda held the position of the first NZ Fringe Festival Director in 2002- 2004 where she pioneered the first Maori and Pacific Island sections for the festival programme. Glenda worked at the New Zealand Festival of the Arts from 1994-1998 as part of the Artists Liaison team. Glenda’s festival production experience extends to stage management, festival marketing, artistic direction and executive producing having also worked at management levels on the New Zealand Film festival and The TV2 Comedy Festival.
Glenda has produced, directed and acted in a variety of theatre productions. She established herself as a playwright delivering the Powder Room in 1996 which went on to the Melbourne Fringe Festival and Kitchen Tables in 1998. She has been a Board Member of Pablos Art Studio and Playmarket Aotearoa; assessed arts projects for the Pacific Committee, Creative New Zealand and Wellington City Council’s Creative Communities panel from 2002 – 2004. She mentored Atamira Dance Collective and MAU Dance in sponsorship and arts management via the DANZ Aotearoa arts mentorship in 2004. She has been an executive member and President of the Cook Islands Business &Professional Women's Association as well an executive member of the Cook Islands Tourism Industry Council.
Glenda has had an active presenting career working on radio as a DJ and reviewer and has spoken at many conferences about events and Pacific artists involvement. In 2019 she delivered the Cook Islands creative section of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Sydney Australia and in that year was awarded the Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Special Recognition Award. In 2020 she was funded by Pacific Islanders in Communications to make her short Documentary film on legendary master carver Mike Tavioni and in 2021 co-directed Atui Akaou - Reconnect a TV feature Film on Cook Islands resilience at the time of Covid for Pasifika TV. She has developed, produced and directed many corporate and community film products some of which can be seen on Motone ITU's vimeo channel Vimeo She is also the Co-founder of KukiCre8tive Performing Arts Program for youth developing drama, TV and film projects with young people in the Cook Islands
MAURICE NEWPORT ALSO KNOWN AS MO
An accomplished musician, events producer, sound engineer and TV crewman. He was the drummer for the iconic New Zealand country band The Warratahs for 9 years and now plays for a number of bands in Raro and is the driving force behind TriggerFish the popular Cook Islands Soul duo. Maurice (or Mo as most people know him) has toured extensively throughout NZ, Australia and Tahiti. In Rarotonga,Mo sound engineers for a range of local and international bands in Rarotonga and Aitutak. Mo is an experienced, sound tech, locations and unit manager working for Gibson Group's Rarotongan based TV show Paradise Cafe and Shortland Street as well as sound and art department work on many commercials . He has produced the stage and music events for the Vaka Eiva paddling festival and the biannual Tourism Awards in Rarotonga.
Mo has worked often on the New Zealand Festival of the Arts in a variety of roles in the technical team relating to staging and worked with the Wellington City Council Youth and Community services section delivering community focused events throughout Wellington City with the showcase events being the Ring of Fire, Culture Jam and Body Rock. He has been contracted by Creative New Zealand to work as part of the team hosting international festival directors to the Auckland Festival of the Arts, Sounds Aotearoa and the Womad festival and attended the Sounds Aotearoa Music Expo many times with his partner Glenda to programme work for Rarotongan events. He was part of the production team that delivered the feature documentary Children of the Migration that screened on TV3 in 2004 and went on to the NZ Film Festival 2004., was the Sound engineer for the Short Documentary -Taonga An Artist Activist and TV Feature Film - Atui Akaou - Reconnect. He also works on Maoriland Film festival every year as part of the Production and Sound team