Four events. Four weeks. Four regions. 28 remarkable speakers.
The Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi and Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa – with the support of Chartwell Trust and the Lion Foundation – are heading on a virtual haerenga (journey), shining a spotlight on creativity across central Aotearoa.
We know the arts are making an important contribution to everyday life in:
And we invite you to join us as we bring together a diverse line-up of legendary locals to tell us their stories of creative impact. We’ll be joined by an Arts Foundation Laureate who will share an insight into life as a full-time artist – plus we’ll surprise you with stories from unlikely art lovers from a town near you.
Come as you are, from where you are. Bring a wine, a cuppa or a bite to eat, and kick back for a power-hour of frank, engaging storytelling.
To secure your spot at Huinga 3? It’s free so all you need to do is register! Don’t forget to leave us your address if you’d like to receive a burst of creativity to your mailbox (nothing promotional, just a treat to say thanks!).
Meet the voices shining a spotlight on creativity in Central:
Anna is the Wellington editor at Stuff and editor of the Dominion Post – following two decades abroad working at the Financial Times and the Washington Post. She is the author of The Great Successor; an insightful quest to understand the life of Kim Jong Un.
Libby Hakaraia has worked in broadcasting and media for the past 25 years as a producer and director. She founded the Māoriland film festival – the biggest indigenous film festival in the southern hemisphere – and currently lives on her tūrangawaewae – Ōtaki Beach.
Anne Noble ONZM
Anne Noble ONZM is a 2009 Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi Laureate. She is one of New Zealand’s most widely recognised and respected contemporary photographers, and her work has been described as "strangely arresting and almost always profoundly moving”.
Meri is a researcher with Te Atawhai o Te Ao, currently completing her doctoral study in ethnomusicology focusing on the links between waiata, the awa and Rānana marae. She is passionate about Kaupapa Māori research, engaging with the community in the research, and actively seeking to improve the health and well-being of the Whanganui Awa and iwi.
Mayor Hamish McDouall
Hamish McDouall has been Whanganui Mayor since 2016 and vice president of Local Government New Zealand since July 2020, representing the provincial sector. He was born in Whanganui and is distinctive among mayors for having won both the TV gameshow Sale of the Century in 1989 and quiz show Mastermind in 1990 (specialty topic David Bowie!).
Jamie has spent much of his career in and around the Music Industry, from a record company to music festivals, from commercial radio to working on dressing room set up for Rock Stars. Over the last ten years Jamie has developed the Sitting Room Sessions, very intimate concerts by artists of national and international repute. In the last twelve months this has morphed to become The Small Hall Sessions, dedicated to taking the same calibre of artists out to the 63 community halls of Hawke’s Bay.
Prak is a creative, writer and co-founder of art retail space KAUKAU in Te-Whanganui-a-Tara. He is of Sri Lankan Tamil descent.
If you have a burning question you’d like to ask of our speakers, send it to email@example.com.