“Jerome is a fine ambassador for Māori culture and people! He is well endowed with our culture and is particularly gifted with taking it to diverse audiences and communities.He is one of the ’new wave’ of taonga pūoro exponents in Aotearoa today. Following Hirini Melbourne, Richard Nunns and others. I consider him to be a very important member of the next generation of players and composers" Te Ahukaramū - Charles Royal , B.Mus(Hons),MPhil,PhD.
"Jerome work and knowledge of Taonga Puoro is impeccable. He is always willing to share his skills with learners and experts alike and has represented internationally at major events as one of Aotearoa’s premium taonga puoro performers".Puawai Cairns ,Senior Maori curator, National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
"Jerome has a great command of Indigenous Maori music, song and story. I have always found Jerome to be professional and committed to the work before him. He is huge asset and contributor to the musical landscape of Aotearoa/New Zealand". James Webster, Tahaa Maori Taa Moko and arts
Early Childhood, Kohanga, Schools, Kura Kaupapa and Colleges
"Tōna kaha ki te whakaatu, te whakamahi i nga whakatangitangi koia anake. Hei tāpiri atu – tino miharo mātou ki tōna mātauranga o te hītori o aua taonga" Te Kura o Omaio, East coast, N.Z
"A fantastic workshop! It would be great to get Jerome back down this way again one day so more of our children can take part. Jerome has a wonderful way with the tamariki and of sharing his knowledge of Taonga puoro and his gift of music. The children left buzzing and filled with pride at making their Putangitangi and were all held captivated during Jerome's story telling and music playing"
Wanaka Primary, N.Z
"Jerome was full of enthusiasm andabsolutely captivated the children. It was fantastic, and I know the children were excited to learn the about the taonga puoro, and also to learn the meaning of the haka. Please pass on our thanks to Jerome, Jacqui.
Southbank school, London, England
"Absolutely outstanding! Would love to have Jerome back asap! Students engaged and it was very, very worthwhile."
Central Southland College, N.Z
" Jerome has a great manner with the children. They are instantly engaged and we can’t wait to have him back.
Definitely – great role model and experience for the kids." Milverton Kindergarten, NZ
" Very impressed the way he kept the children captivated for the entire time. His manner with the children was excellent. Great experience for the children."
Mataura Kohanga Reo,N.Z
" Jerome Kavanagh our Maori Artist, performed a critical role in the recording
and performance of my album ‘Calling All Dawns’, which won two Grammys in 2011. He
additionally came to Carnegie Hall this past April to perform his part in front of a live audience.
Jerome is an important artist who does tremendous work in calling attention to traditional Maori
music, tradition, and values"
Christopher Tin,Calling All Dawns, Two times Grammy award winner,Los Angeles,U.S.A
"Mr Kavanagh has a well developed Knowledge of Maori culture and traditions as particularly as they relate to the making and uses of Maori musical instruments, This is a very specialised area of study with few practioners having the international reputation Mr Kavanagh has achieved. As a performance artist Mr Kavanagh has played at the London Roundhouse, Sydney Opera house and Carnegie Hall , New York. As a recording artist he contributed an featured on Grammy award winning album Calling All Dawns ( 2011) . He is an experienced and committed educator and performer ,who can effectively communicate his expertise for the benefit of others in a range of settings." British Museum, Former Curator of Oceania and Africas , Natasha McKinney .
"Jerome was a fantastic addition to our organisations recent Noho Marae. This event, hosted by Ngati Apa at Whangaehu Marae was focused on building the cultural awareness, competency and responsiveness of our staff to adapt more effectively to opportunities within the Māori Agribusiness sector. Jerome’s moving session on Taonga Pūoro was a highlight for many. Not only is his knowledge and expertise clearly evident but he also integrates an engaging story telling approach which helped to provide a wider context to many of the topics we were discussing." Yvette Keys, National Learning and Development Manager, AgResearch.