Vision & Values

The Conch Vision:

Recognition and respect as a high performing NZ theatre company specialising in ground breaking works of an international standard, produced through intercultural collaboration and expressed through unique theatrical languages.

The Conch aims to raise awareness about the cultural values and experiences of Pacific peoples by serving as the bridge for sharing such knowledge through the medium of theatre.

VAKA VITI – The Cultural Values of The Conch

The Conch place great importance on lineages and histories of which we are all a part and which we represent. Having a good Kawa speaks volumes about who your ancestors, teachers and mentors are. It bestows on you an obligation and a duty to uphold their legacy in terms of achievement, behaviour and ongoing interactions.

The concept of Mana recognises the sacred essence arising from one’s  connection to the spiritual world. For the Conch, Mana reflects a state of reverence and regard for each other that is sacred in terms of relationships. In all our dealings we aspire to take great care to form relationships which respect and build Mana. We are committed to evolving business and creative processes which incorporate traditional structures, protocols and rituals in order to nourish the Mana of our company and the companies with whom we interact. In addition we are committed to building respect for  the sacred Mana of indigenous Pacific people globally.

Tabu is closely linked to Mana and gives structure and boundaries to our practices and behaviour. Through a respect for Tabu we reflect the sacredness of the creative space needed to make our work, of the stories we tell, the relationships we build and the encounters with the public through the events we mount.

Respect is critical for the existence of our company and by extension  the wider community and world . We have profound respect for the traditional cultural values of the people we encounter. In all our dealings we aspire to reflect profound respect, humility and dignity which is Vaka turanga, the way of the chief.