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Arts in Whaingaroa

Arts in Whaingaroa is as follows, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Applied Arts & Cultural Arts.

Although not exhaustive list this is a snapshot to be added to. The arts community is diverse and unique with many musicians, dancers, painters, fashion designers, pottery, Whakairo, event organisers, galleries, fim makers, Kapa Haka, Sculpters, photograghers, theatre, drama , writers, moko artists and tattoists. The Arts in Whaingaroa is thriving and adds value to the community through the creative input of the above mentioned. There is significant community engagement and participation in the arts and arts are highly valued in this community.

Arts purpose – brings wellbeing, voice, uniqueness, social and cultural development. Through the arts we are able to communicate who we are as people and how ‘place’ influences our unique voice.

Arts in the Waikato and Aotearoa

Waikato District Council Creative Communities Fund Definition of the Arts:
Combined Arts: creative activities & events that combine or feature 2 or more art forms ie combines music & visual arts or a festival with performances & workshops.
Object/Craft Arts: Traditional & contemporary practices, ie ceramics, glass, jewellery, pottery, lace making, embroidery, raranga, taniko, tapa making, textiles, tivaevae, typography, weaving, metalwork & whakairo.

Greater Waikato residents hold broadly positive attitudes about the arts. They feel the arts benefit the individual in various ways. They are a source of national pride (71% agree), a chance to learn about different cultures (62%) and a life enhancing experience (37%).
Residents also believe the arts benefit the nation. They contribute positively to the economy (55%), help define who we are as
New Zealanders (53%), and improve New Zealand society (52%).
Recognition of these benefits, help explain why 52% agree the arts should receive public funding vs. 16% who disagree.

Film/Photography: Animation, documentary, experimental, feature, short film, & moving image art projects.
Literature: Activities that relate to the creation, presentation and/or appreciation of all literary genres, ie poetry readings, poetry slams, local storytelling, writers, creative writing workshops, events.
Māori: Creative activities that are regarded as strong expressions of Māori identity ie Arts practice, workshops, Wananga & festivals.
Heritage te reo based artforms, ie whaikorero, haka, karanga, & whatapapa recitation, waiata moteatea, pao, and korero paki
Material Artforms – toi whaikaro, tukutuku, kowhaiwhai, nga mahi a te whare pora, raranga
Contemporary – fusing traditional heritage artforms with other elements & media to create innovative expressions of Māori cultural identity.
Music: Creating music & performing music in all genres, traditional, popular, rock music, instrumental, vocal, choral & orchestral.
Theatre: Includes pantomime, staged productions, traditional, puppetry, circus, mask & other theatre forms.
Dance: forms of dance with arts & cultural focus including cultural, traditional, and contemporary.
Film: Includes animation, documentary, experimental, feature, short film
Visual: Drawing, painting, installation, kowhaiwhai, photography, print making, sculpture, tā moko and typography.

Creative Waikato – ‘support the development of all sectors of the creative arts in the Waikato for the benefit of the greater community.’

Creative NZ defines the Arts as ‘visual, craft & object, performance, literature, Māori arts & Pacific Arts.’

What topics were covered and who has been involved so far:

We appreciate all the work of the Focus Group members

Please note: this Snapshot report is a starting point for community-wide input and is not a finished or complete report. Your input will build on this report.

Topics Covered:

  • Venues/Performance Space/Studios
  • Classes/Workshops/Mentorship
  • Arts Groups/Organisations
  • Events

Who is contributing to this Snapshot

Patti Mitchley – Whaingaroa Youth Movement, Brian and Naomi – ZU Entertainment, Kawharu Greensill, Wanda Barker – visual artist, writer, poet

Partners, organisations, people

Tangata whenua, Town Hall Committee, Raglan Community Arts Council, Coastal Reserves Committee, Soundsplash, WDC, Creative Waikato, Old Arts School, Whaingaroa Youth, Yot Club, Raglan Club, Local schools, Kokiri, Churches

Arts Strengths & Assets

Venues/Performance Space/Studios
Raglan Town Hall, Raglan Old School Arts Centre, Orca, Matapihi Gallery, Ahoy Studio, Kokiri Centre, Raglan Club, Rockit Gallery and Venue, Yot Club, Wainui Bush Park, Ruapuke Motor Campground, Papahua/Kopua, Wainui Reserve, Scout Hall, Te Mata Hall, Te Uku Hall, Raglan Library, Community House, Iwi/Kokiri Centre

Regular weekly sessions in: ballet, creative dance, nia dance, african dance, drama, choir, pottery, circus arts, music tutoring, painting, craft. School holiday programmes for: pottery, creative crafts, art making. Annual workshop events in photography, film making, hip hop culture,

Arts Groups/Organisations
Whaingaroa Youth Movement (est 2003), Raglan Theatre Academy (est 2008) , Kaumatua Singing Group, Raglan Community Choir, Raglan Community Arts Council (est 1982), Raglan Musicians Club, Circus Aotearoa, Kapa Haka

Raglan Art to Wear, Soundsplash, Word Café Raglan, Whaingaroa Youth Movement, Raglan Theatre Academy, Raglan Arts Weekend, Te Ao Marama, Raglan Film Festival, Mountain Dreaming clay workshops, Youth Week, Masquerade Ball, Film Workshop Event

show when groups/events started, to show they are growing and sustainable and help to build an ‘arts destination’ image for Raglan
More regular performance events and workshops

Future Challenges & Opportunities

Key challenges that are specific to the arts group:

  • Demand for larger areas for classes/rehearsals etc
  • Funding opportunities
  • Noise levels for artists working and performing
  • Performance space and venues too small to host community events
  • Rules on busking?
  • Perceived value of the arts
  • Obvious/inspiring pathways for youth
  • Public art projects, collaborative processes
  • Wainui Reserve, recreational reserve with multi events, multi-use
  • More expensive to put on full theatre productions, funding more challenging, people volunteering less

For the key challenges that need to be considered across all focus areas, these are the questions we are asking:


  • How does this challenge impact on the Arts?
  • How does the Arts impact this challenge?


  •  What is the opportunity for us in the Arts  in relation to this challenge?

The key challenges: (Please note that there may be areas that are still to be completed.)

Climate change

Impact on Arts: Minimal
Arts impact on climate change: Influence positive messaging through creative art forms and cause to action
• Increased Social/Political Art Response to Climate Changes and Environment
• Promoting positive action towards Climate Changes
• Social commentary and climate education through arts initiatives


Impact: availability of arts engagement for all, arts is responsive and different projects run by different people in all parts of the community helps to develop participation, builds visibility
Opportunity: commit to real accessibility and broaden arts and creative opportunities for all, empower mentors, teachers, artists to be visible and making work and running programmes.

Growth in visitor numbers

Impact: Increased numbers
• Have more events and visibility of the Arts, program of events, improve aesthetics of town CBD (placemaking) Installations/Sculptures/Murals/Gardens/Public Spaces
• Increased numbers as visitors and residents come to Raglan Ward. Demand for more Arts education, events, productions, Art projects
• Robust Arts Industry and employment
• Increase business opportunities for local Artists and Industries
• Increased numbers of Art Galleries & Studios, Dance/Drama/Kapa Haka/Music classes/workshops/wananga

Implementing the Treaty of Waitangi

Impact: Greater diversity and cultural integrity
• More visibility and accessibility to all of the community, regular performance events and workshops. Opportunities to express uniqueness and celebrate tradition alongside change
• Supporting local Mana whenua & Iwi initiatives
• Supporting Måori Artists & Performers
• Acknowledging & respecting Cultural practices
• Inclusive of Måori designers/carvers/weavers/artists/performers for Raglan Ward


• Zoning could effect applied arts ( Noise restrictions)
• Commercial zoning for Artists workshops/studios/galleries
• Discretionary on Zoning
• Increase noise restriction in Raglan Township for music/live performances/productions/Artists amplified tools
• Parking planning for events & productions to meet increased numbers of participants & attendees

Aspirations & Goals Identified by the Focus Groups with supporting projects, strategies and initiatives.  
(Please note that there may be areas that are still to be completed.)

Values behind the goals & aspirations
Aspirations vision for long term
& Goals measurable, specific, achievable
Different ways goals can be achieved
Projects & Initiatives
Specific actions, responsibility, funding
with other Focus Areas
Promote creativity Art space Looking at what’s already here ( buildings) or creating new spaces Black Box Performance Space/Workshops/Wananga/classes
Creative Communities Fund
Creative NZ Fund
Old School Arts Centre/Town Halls/Art Galleries/Open Spaces
Education, Recreational, Youth, Wellbeing
Valid Profession Performing Arts Academy & Venue Assessing available venues, creating new spaces.  Bold future thinking Raglan Town Hall/Old School Arts Centre/Community House
A space to accommodate 250+ for staged productions/dance/theatre/kapa haka/music
Education, Wellbeing, Youth, Tourism
Treaty of Waitangi
bringing visibility to culture and tradition
Cultural Centre
More regular performance events and workshops
Kōkiri Centre & Stage
Cultural space for events/wananga/Studio/Kapa Haka/Productions Wellbeing, Education, Tourism, Youth
Valid Profession
Promote creativity
Purposeful growth of the Arts in Raglan More creative spaces and places of learning Support Youth artists/Murals/exhibitions/Productions Youth, Education, Wellbeing
Creatival spatial design Identity of public spaces, town centre Engaging with Local Artists on design Whakairo/Sculptures/Murals/Interactive/Signage Business, Tourism
Youth, Recreational
Common Brand Create an Arts Destination image for Raglan Gather info on the history of events/groups to show growing and sustainable and help to build the arts destination image. Design a Raglan logo or brand that is a common theme promoting Raglan Tourism
Promote performing arts and creativity Community Venue/Outdoor spaces Wainui Reserve/Town Halls/ – added infrastructure – Community Venue Tourism, Natural Environment, Infrastructure
Promote creativity Continue supporting the Old Arts School
Promote Arts Supporting Live ent/Music Industry/Art Industries Increasing noise levels in the CBD and appropriate zoned areas Support Artists and Musicians to contribute their skills to the local economy & Arts Industries Business, LG & Planning

Questions from the Arts Group

1. What’s missing in our Snapshot?

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