Kiri Waiata-Green is nationally recognised as a pioneer in using sound and voice as a tool for personal development. A lifetime musician, she is classically trained in Piano, Violin and Clarinet and has performed to crowds of up to 2000 as a vocalist.
In 2011, Kiri performed with Reclink’s The Transformers choir in her role as a volunteer support worker at a private audience with the Dalai Lama and noted dignitaries’ including Jane Goodall and former Australian of the Year, Professor Patrick McGorry.
She then stepped into the role of Musical Director for The Transformers and relished the weekly opportunity to share her unique style of teaching.
Kiri trained through the Trinity College of Music and the Royal School of Music, London, and spent time studying acapella singing in Findhorn, Scotland with names like the Black Voices, Ishbel MacAskill and Sian Croose. A qualified counsellor Kiri moved into coaching in 2009, training with internationally accredited company, Beyond Success. She is personally mentored and coached by Paul Blackburn.
“After 25 years in the personal development field I’ve seen it all and then some. It should be even more impressive then, when I state that Kiri’s work is not just fundamental – it’s profound. Anyone smart enough to learn what Kiri teaches will be forever changed and empowered.” – Paul Blackburn – CEO, Beyond Success.
With music in her blood and heritage – she is borne of Maori stock – these facets are integral to getting her clients’ results. Kiri is one of the most intuitive operators in her chosen field. It is this unusual blend of inherent wisdom, gained knowledge, performer’s attitude and her easy ability to connect that makes her very adept at this boutique blend of life instruction. She is passionate and driven to teach the benefits of using sound and voice to “tune in and tune up” thereby improving confidence, self esteem, communication and over all wellbeing.
Much of Kiri’s work outside of facilitating her own workshops and leading her own choirs has focused on Community Arts and Development as seen in her contribution to Brisbane based groups The Reclaimers Street Orchestra, co-founding Upatree Arts Co-operative and the Harlie Axford Foundation.
She has sung with and for numerous Australian solo artists and choirs, including Deborah Conway, blues queen Lil’Fi, well known folk singer-songwriter and choral director Ann Bermingham, Tony Backhouse And Harlie Axford. Kiri still sings in community choirs and recently joined the fabulous ensemble The Verandah ChiX. Some of the events and choirs she has been invited to contribute to are:
- NAIDOC Family Day In the Park
- The Big Day Of Belonging – State Library of Queensland.
- ABC’s Rockwiz Orchestra’s Country Comfort Hour
- Woodford Folk Festival
- Global Grooves – Brisbane Multi Cultural Arts Centre
- The Transformers (Reclink)
- The Reclaimers – JAM
- Queensland Music Festival
- Queensland Multicultural Festival
- Queensland Choral Sounds
- Happiness and Its Causes Conference, Brisbane
- Peace’n’Choir, Brisbane