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Welcome to Taimana Publishing, home of the creative works of
Jaqualyn Taimana Williams,
New Zealand songwriter, teacher and comedy performer.

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The Sun Te Rā – a  high-energy children’s guitar-hero rock song in English with te reo Māori. Catchy chorus, facts about the sun and awesome sound effects!

 

Kia Ora koutou katoa

Hi everyone, welcome to my website.

I’m Jaqualyn Taimana Williams (aka Jaqi)

New Zealand Primary/ECE  teacher, songwriter and mother of four: Alex, Shannon, Hollie and Lillith, kuia of one, Luca.

Pēpeha

“My DNA is predominantly Celtic/Māori and Scandinavian but I was raised by English and Australian adoptive parents. It’s a part of who I am as an artist – the sense of myself as being so culturally diverse as an individual in both nature and nurture that I’m free of the constraints of stereotyping.”

Career History

Clocking up thirty years of live performance including TV, radio and a tour of Germany in 1998 has given Jaqi a very strong base as an artist. Her music career began in 1987 at the Christchurch Arts Centre with a band of University students. “We were called The Statics, so when we broke up we happily became the ex-Statics.”

Qualifying as a New Zealand Primary School teacher in 1999 and an Early Childhood teacher in 2014, Jaqi currently works full-time in a Waikato-based bilingual Māori early childhood centre.

“Writing children’s (and adult’s) songs in te reo and English, and working in a learning centre with geographical and biological whānau has been very healing and transformative for me because I was adopted out as a baby in a non-Māori system.  I knew nothing about my heritage until I turned 19 and the law changed allowing me to uncover the truth of my own origins. Now I am receiving names and places and iwi – I hope to keep stitching these sacred links back together and offer my skills to the people I most genuinely want to help.”

Letting the  knowledge and skills in two careers – education and music – “talk to each other” and employing musician/producer, Ian Rushton has produced two lovable didactic collections of bilingual te reo children’s songs, Waiata Tamariki (2018)  and 𝘞𝘢𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘢 𝘛𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘬𝘪 2(2022).”

Collaborating with producer/musician Tim Skedden ( The Feelers, Op Shop, Babysitters Circus) has enabled Jaqi to show off the depth and range of her highly accessible and engaging songwriting ability.

After years of playing rock/reggae/country/pop cover songs in and around Christchurch and still plugging away writing and performing my own songs in a variety of edgy styles, it is a personal triumph of sorts to me to have finally released this massive autobiographical 16 track alt rock/pop  album.  Statues Of Liberty.  released  in October 2019 was celebrated with an album erelease event at Anthology Lounge, K Rd.

Over the next 12 months, Jaqi is releasing three new bilingual children’s songs and the album 𝘞𝘢𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘢 𝘛𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘬𝘪 2 as well as a four-track rock EP 𝘎𝘶𝘯𝘴 𝘖𝘧 𝘋𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘶𝘦.  Funding from NZ On Air is assisting in the creation of videos for the three children’s songs. Read More

 

Waiata Tamariki

Designed as a teaching resource for language learners in Aotearoa, this totally kiwi bilingual children’s album is what you get when you combine your teaching and songwriting skills with a passion for te reo Māori.

“My boys are playing it over and over”
Maria Holden
(mother and ECE worker)

“Fantastic for early language!”
AM (ECE worker)

“Great,
catchy songs”

Cath Martin (teacher)

“All the songs
are on repeat!!!”

Jane Lewis (Mum)

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