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Turanga Mahutonga

Graduate M.A.T.C.H Intensifier “Rua”

Ko Turanga Jacob Mahutonga tōku ingoa. He uri tenei no Te Arawa Taranaki me Ngāti Whakaue. I grew up in Rotorua my whole life and in my second year out of high school, I moved to Ōtaki to study at a 6-week animation course at the Māoriland Hub. Now I am in a twelve-week work placement to get experience for a job in the near future.

Turanga Mahutonga


  • Digital Art
  • Illustration
  • Animation (Learning)
  • Songwriter
  • Playing Instrument (Guitar)
  • Sing/Rap
  • Time Management
  • Good at Presentations

Turanga Mahutonga

Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Moeahu

Ko Turanga Jacob Mahutonga toku ingoa. He uri tenei no Te Arawa Taranaki me Ngāti Whakaue. 

Turanga Mahutonga grew up in Rotorua in a reo-Māori speaking home. In January 2021 he moved to Ōtaki to study animation within the M.A.T.C.H Intensifier programme. During this time he created Waiata Bro’s, a series of animated music videos that teach te reo Māori. Turanga is passionate about create reo Māori resources and making te reo more accessible for all tamariki.


Turanga Mahutonga Work One

Waiata Bro’s

An animated music video that is aimed at educating tamariki on how to speak ‘Numbers’ in  Te Reo Māori.

Inspired my talents of art, animating, songwriting, singing and instrument playing to help grow and keep our native language of Te Reo Māori ALIVE!

Turanga Mahutonga Work Two

“Turanga brings his ball of energy and fun whanaungatanga to any team, another focused and hard worker who also demonstrates great planning and execution to deliver his projects on time.

Turanga has a unique ability to mix his multi-talents of playing instruments, songwriting, singing and animation to bring his projects to life!”

Jared Tuoro,
M.A.T.C.H Course Co-Ordinator

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The Māoriland Tech Creative Hub is a learning centre for rangatahi to use and unleash their creative thinking and problem-solving skills to develop and build creative solutions for our future. 

Our MATCH Intensifiers enable rangatahi to develop core skills in the creative industries while being empowered with the social and cultural competence to thrive.

Over six weeks our tauira participate in a rapid learning programme led by industry before entering 12 weeks of job placements.