Jay Ruka
Jay Ruka

Jay Ruka

Jay Ruka has worked in full-time Christian ministry since his early twenties, as a youth mentor, mission director and church minister. He is currently employed as a story-teller, producing resources and speaking itinerantly into topics of culture, Christian faith and New Zealand missional history as it relates to how the gospel interacts with the Māori world. Author of Huia Come Home, he communicates a vision for the future of Aotearoa, highlighting the significance of Te Ao Māori and the beauty of cultural partnership.

Sean du Toit
Sean du Toit

Sean du Toit

Sean is a husband to Sue, a father to Ava, a New Testament lecturer, and a theologian at Tearfund. Once he was a high-school drop-out, an amateur snow-boarder, a pastor and a wannabe drummer. His PhD explores early Christianity and its relationship to the Graeco-Roman world. Sean is a popular speaker around Aotearoa and South Africa but loves serving in his home church: Rhythms of Grace, in Auckland. The story of how he became a follower of Jesus is pretty cool (ask him about it!). He is passionate about seeing people flourish in all dimensions of life.

Aro
Aro

Aro

Aro are a blend of stories in song expressing the people, the culture and the land of Aotearoa.

Following on from their first nationwide tour in 2018, the duo released their debut bilingual album ‘Manu’ on Waitangi Day this year. The 10 track album was transcribed from the melodies and rhythms of New Zealand's native birds and plays on their characteristics and significance for Māori. 'Manu' and its kaupapa to convey messages about identity are being shared around the country on Aro’s second nationwide tour in March to May 2019.

Love defines this jazz-pop-RnB, husband and wife duo, and harmony is their signature. Aro are a kiwi, van-dwelling pair made up of Charles (Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Waikato, Te ati awa) and Emily Looker (nee Rice).