Kawakawa high school teacher Taane Thomas has a different take on playing taonga puoro or traditional Maori instruments.
Mr Thomas, who is also a Maori language teacher, has been playing taonga puoro for the past 15 to 20 years and has developed what can be described as a layered sound.
He melds the sounds of different taonga puoro, including the koauau (the Maori flute), with the electric guitar into an orchestra - and then sings to the musical loop he has created.
Mr Thomas said he had a strong desire to help bring back Maori instruments in music- but in his own way.
Maori instruments had seen something of a revival during the past few years.
And his "journey" with the audience involved demonstrating and talking about taonga puoro, followed by a contemporary song performance.
"There is a unique depth and appreciation to Maori music and instruments," Mr Thomas said.
"The way I perform has a spiritual ambience that is intimate in small areas."
Mr Thomas, who writes all his own music, said his passion for taonga puoro and Maori music began with a group in the Hokianga.
He said the group helped bring the pahu or Maori drum back into the community; an instrument which had not been around for more than 150 years.
Mr Thomas has also travelled the world demonstrating his work with Maori music to other indigenous cultures.
"The music represents a very real New Zealand and Maori culture," he said.
"It is very authentic and pleasing to listen to."
Mr Thomas' music has also become part of the musical assessments at the Bay of Islands College after he held music workshops with the students.
Mr Thomas would love to do more performing if given the opportunity.
"That's where I want to go. I'd really like to play at some alternative festivals or at quirky intimate cafes."
He has performed at two consecutive Matariki festivals at the Whangarei Museum and says he will continue to do so if given the chance.