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All in for Arts: He waka toi e eke noa nei tātou – Upper North | Huinga 4

Tuesday, 29 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 in the upper North Island.

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

  • Gisborne - Tairāwhiti
  • Bay of Plenty - Te Moana-a-Toi
  • Waikato
  • Auckland - Tāmaki Makaurau
  • Northland -Te Tai Tokerau

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 4? 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 the Upper North:

Brianna Fruean
Brianna Fruean is a 23-year-old Samoan climate change activist leading community grassroots projects pushing for climate justice. Her mahi is centred on fighting for the survival of her islands and bringing young Pacific voices into the climate space.

Mayor Steve Chadwick
Steve is a qualified midwife who established the first family planning clinic in Rotorua. She also helped to establish the first Women's Refuge in Rotorua, and the Rotorua School for Young Parents. She has been Mayor of Rotorua since 2013.

Samantha Booth
You might have spotted up-and-coming musician Sam at recent music events like Newtown Festival, Cuba Dupa Smokefree Rockquest, Smokefree Tangata Beats, To The Front Poneke, and Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival. This year, Sam returned home to Gisborne be a part of the Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival whānau and assist in uplifting the arts in her community.

Florian Habicht
2021 Arts Foundation Laureate Florian Habicht is regarded as one of New Zealand’s most distinctive documentarians. Born in Berlin, he moved to New Zealand at the age of eight, attending high school in Kerikeri. Whether his subjects are intimate and local or celebrated and international, he approaches them with unflagging enthusiasm, curiosity, and empathy.

Rebecca Wadey
Ensemble Magazine publisher and partnerships director Rebecca Wadey has 20+ years experience in fashion and beauty, and has worked with companies including Kate Sylvester, Metro magazine, Viva, Esteé Lauder and Bobbi Brown.

Rob Waddell ONZM

Born in Te Kuiti, Rob Waddell is a New Zealand Olympic Gold Medallist and double World Champion Single sculler rower, and America's Cup yachtsman. He is a triple New Zealand Supreme 'Halberg Awards' Sportsperson of the year winner, 1998 to 2000. He also holds the third fastest 2000 metre indoor rowing machine time in the world, clocking a time of 5 mins 36.6 secs.

Keva Rands

Keva is a Pasifika designer based in Northland, Aotearoa with whakapapa to Fiji, Samoa, Hawaii, The Cook Islands and the UK. She has been designing and making clothing under the label, Papa Clothing since 2014. She has developed and grown her business from a fun passion project to a full blown community brand over the past 7 years and today has her own studio and retail space in Whangārei.

If you have a burning question you’d like to ask of our speakers, send it to libby@thearts.co.nz.