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All in for Arts: He waka toi e eke noa nei tātou – Deep South | Huinga 1

Tuesday, 8 March 2022
7:30 pm — 8:30 pm

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 down south.

We know the arts are making an important contribution to everyday life in:

  • Southland – Murihiku
  • Otago – Otakou
  • Waitaki
  • Queenstown Lakes

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 1? 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 7 voices shining a spotlight on creativity in the Deep South:

Deputy Mayor Calum MacLeod
Calum arrived in Wānaka in 1989 and has been in love with the district ever since. He's worn many hats in that time, including working as a ski instructor, a chef, an RMA Commissioner; the creator of the Paradiso Cinema and now is Deputy Mayor of Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Jessica Hinerangi Thompson-Carr
Jessica is an artist, writer and creator often working under the name Māori Mermaid. She makes art make art to embrace and capture her endless journey into the reclamation of her māoritanga.

Duncan Sarkies
Playwright, screen writer, fiction writer and stand-up comic – Duncan is the much-loved writer of Scarfies, Two Little Boys, The Demolition of the Century and various plays and television.

Lou Sanson
Lou has an incredible career in conservation, including time as the Director General of the Department of Conservation, and Chief Executive of Antarctica New Zealand, alongside decades of leadership in significant environmental roles from Fiordland to the Subantartic Islands. In all his roles, he has brought the arts and nature together, working with some of New Zealand’s most outstanding artists.

Georgia Latu
Georgia is a student at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ōtepoti. But she is also the CEO of the world’s largest poi company, Pōtiki Poi. Her already award-winning business is founded on the principles of connecting to kaupapa, inclusivity and sustainability, and her Poi are stocked in over 30 retailers locally and internationally.

Fesouaina Siliga
Fesouaina is a young (17 year old) singer/song writer who is of Samoan/Tuvaluan descent. You may recognise her from the Inspire Performing Arts showcase, the Dunedin ‘Big Sing’ choir competition, the Takaroa Park showcase and more. She is passionate about all things “Arts” and utilises her gifts in music, arts and drama in her local church and community.

Ayesha Green
Ayesha Green
is an award-winning visual artist and 2020 Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi Springboard recipient. Her work – in her signature flattened, block colour style – often engages with the visual language of nation building and the power embedded in cultural symbols.

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