POI360 is an interactive digital documentary home for the poi.
As a timeless indigenous instrument of Aotearoa, it has an artistic beat that enamours the world. At first sight, the poi can be simply described as a ball on the end of a string. For Māori, it is the heartbeat of a nation and an extension of themselves.
A concept by Lanita Ririnui-Ryan (Tauranga Moana, Ngāpuhi, Kuki Āirani) developed with Amomai Pihama (Ngāti Maahanga, Ngāti Koroki, Ngāti Ruanui) under Through the Fire Limited, the project was made with Ngatapa Black (Ngāi Tūhoe) and supported by Hinewehi Mohi (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tūhoe).
Funded by NZ On Air with site design by Osynlig Ltd, this interactive documentary space is a first of its kind for the poi. Focused on the story of origin and the earliest memories of poi by exponents in key areas, it is a fresh look at the foundations in a digital realm.
As a home for these important stories, and a platform for connecting and sharing our knowledge, Poi360 is a project of passion and a digital whare (house) for our taonga (treasure).
Like many of our taonga, we recognise that the stories here belong to those who tell them. Poi360 is humbled by everyone who has contributed to this project and honoured by every person who allowed us to be kaitiaki (guardians) to their kōrero (stories) by sharing them with us on this site. We welcome all to visit, explore and learn more about our taonga with respect and aroha.
POI360 was funded by NZ On Air as part of the Digital Media Interactive Documentary Fund. NZ On Air's digital funding focuses on projects that target special interest audiences: children and youth, ethnic and other minorities in the community, arts and Māori. Thanks NZ On Air. Without your support this site would not be possible.
POI360 is supported by Māori Television. We recognise that as a leading indigenous channel in Aotearoa, they are the home of haka where many poi performances and poi stories already reside and are an important link to our community. We thank Māori Television for their support to our digital home for poi.
THROUGH THE FIRE LTD
Through The Fire Ltd is a production company owned by Lanita Ririnui-Ryan and Amomai Pihama. Dedicated to kaupapa-driven stories, indigenous content, arts and entertainment, it is a small crew passionate about making creative content with heart.