Ōrotokare: Art, Story, Motion is dedicated to exploring 'indigenous' theatre and performing arts. Our work commences with an exploration of six forms as follows:

Programme One: Ng Waiata,whose purpose is to convene performance activities which explore traditional and contemporary waiata (songs), waiata performance, waiata composition and song poetry.

Programme Two: Ng Krero,whose goal is to explore the traditional storytelling tradition in both oral and written form. This includes convening oral performances of traditional stories as well as the preparation of texts to assist performances.

Programme Three: Ng Haka will explore indigenous dance by researching traditional haka forms and models and employing this material in the creation of new dance forms and performances.

Programme Four: Ng Taonga Pūoro,whosegoal is to make a significant contribution to the redevelopment of traditional musical instruments and to create new performance opportunities.

Programme Five: Ng Taonga-o- Wharawhara explores clothing and adornments worn about the body for the purposes of enhancing performing activities.

Programme Six: Ng Tkaro is an opportunity to explore and research traditional games and amusements.

Additionally, Ōrotokare explores how an indigenous theatre might emerge when these individual forms are brought together into a coherent whole, and through encounter with forms from other traditions.

Programme Seven: The New Whare Tapere: Towards Indigenous Theatre considers how a new theatre form (currently entitled te whare tapere) might emerge by bringing the various performing arts forms into a coherent whole. This will be an opportunity to explore notions of indigenous theatre. This will also be an opportunity to explore kawa and whakahaere (processes, procedures, methods, ritual) appropriate for the new form.

Programme Eight: The Waituhi Project: Use of Forms from other traditions and Special Projects Waituhi Project: Use of Forms from other traditions and Special Projects allows Ōrotokare to explore the use of performing arts forms drawn from other traditions and cultures. It also allows the trust to enter into collaborations, when and where appropriate. In conducting these activities, however, they should be done so as to advance the whare tapere.

Programme Nine: Communications and Publications signals Ōrotokare's desire to communicate its work effectively through a variety of media including book and web publishing.