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 top of the South Island.
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 2? 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 South:
Stacey Morrison is a much-loved New Zealand television and radio host who has been gracing our screens for over 25 years. She speaks fluent Te Reo Māori, and is well known for her mahi encouraging the learning and use of our country’s beautiful native language and culture.
Sam Duckor-Jones is an acclaimed artist & writer. He is currently based in Mawhera/Greymouth – where he has recently transformed an 83-year-old church into an innovative, immersive work of art.
Tusiata Avia MNZM
Acclaimed poet, performer and writer Tusiata Avia MNZM is a 2020 Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi Laureate. She is author of four critically acclaimed collections of poetry, and was the first Pasifika woman to win the Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry at the Ockham Book Awards.
Joanna is Chief Content Officer at Stuff, managing Stuff’s content strategy and the development of new content. Prior to working at Stuff Joanna was the Chief Executive of ChristchurchNZ, the South Island editor-in-chief for Fairfax Media and editor of The Press.
Helen is a community legend. As the Pouārahi – chief executive – of Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu, she works to enable and empower nine iwi across the south island by investing directly in initiatives developed by whānau or community groups.
Matthew is a 17 year old Nelson actor who has been on stage for 10 years. They have performed in musical theatre, Shakespeare, pantomimes, drama and improvisation locally and internationally. As a part of The Barden Party professional troupe they are about to start touring nationally combining Shakespeare and modern music.
Mayor Sam Broughton
Mayor Sam Broughton when elected in 2016 as Mayor of Waikirikiri Selwyn was one of the youngest mayors in the country. Sam is also the leader of the Canterbury Mayoral Forum, the chair of Takiwā Tuarima Zone 5, the Local Government body representing eighteen Councils across the South Island, and one of twelve Mayors who sit on LGNZ National Council.
If you have a burning question you’d like to ask of our speakers, send it to email@example.com.