Our region

Creative Waikato are Looking for New Trustees

Creative Waikato – Toi Waikato was established in 2012 to support the development of the creative arts in the Waikato for the benefit of the greater community.

Our Why

We work for a bold and ambitious creative sector that makes our region stronger

What We Do

Support: We help artists and groups succeed by providing advice, training and support.

Connect: We build connections and work collaboratively for stronger and more expansive outcomes.

Promote: We share the stories of our regions creativity and expand audiences.

Advocate: We champion the contribution that the arts make to our collective and individual wellbeing.

How We Do It

Optimists - We work from strengths, we see connections, possibilities, solutions and shared values

Passionate - We believe deeply in value of the arts. We are enthusiastic leaders who grasp opportunities and are comfortable with the unexpected. We love what we do and have fun doing it.

No waffle, all beef - We know our stuff. We set a high bar, work hard and deliver. We are approachable, relatable and informal. We get it because we are artists too.

Learners - We continually seek to better understand and respond to the diverse needs and aspirations of our communities.


Governance of Creative Waikato is vested in a Board made up of seven-nine elected trustees. Trustees are appointed through an annual appointment process for a three-year term, are eligible for re-appointment, and can serve a maximum of nine consecutive years on the Board.

The Board ensures it has combined expertise in governance experience, thorough knowledge of the arts sector, strong networks and business skills. It also takes into account in its overall composition the following: Māori, regional representation, various arts sectors, gender balance, financial expertise, law expertise, diversity, youth, professional arts and community arts.

The Board operates to proficient governance standards, and is well supported by the very capable Creative Waikato management team.

Particular skills/competencies sought:

The current Board is looking for applications for a new board member, which will remain open until February 15th 2019. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Governance experience or aptitude
  • Well-developed networks appropriate for a governance position
  • Particular expertise in either professional or community arts
  • A commitment to the vision of the organization
  • Strengths and connections to the youth sector and or diverse communities

Commitment required:

Meetings are held monthly, plus a commitment to committees, workshops, annual strategic planning sessions, and occasional events as required, and regular communication by email. Monthly meetings are held on Friday mornings, in Hamilton, and are scheduled for 2 hours. Applicants are welcome from across the Creative Waikato region.


The position is voluntary, but travel expenses are reimbursed. For further details or to apply please provide your CV and covering letter to: Margi Moore (Chair, Creative Waikato) Email: margi.moore@wintec.ac.nz

Creative Waikato

Taki Rua Submissions

Taki Rua Productions are proud to announce our 2019 submission process.

This is the next step in our push to develop works from the community. As a Toi Tōtara Haemata-funded organisation, it’s part of our mandate to provide a guiding and collaborative hand to other practitioners in Māori performing arts.

We’re looking for companies or practitioners who are seeking to partner with us in the development, potential staging and touring of an original New Zealand work.

To be eligible for the programme, your work must either be:

  • A previously staged production which is looking for further presentation.
  • A script or established concept for further development and potential staging.
  • A performance concept requiring development looking towards future staging.

You also must be a New Zealand Citizen, or a New Zealand company.


  • Are interested in touring nationally.
  • Advance either te reo Māori or have kaupapa Māori frameworks.
  • Are New Zealand stories.
  • Include the diversity and quality of what Taki Rua offers.​

Find out more - click here to download our Submissions Requirements Document.

2019 IHC Art Awards

Key Dates:

  • 1 May - Entries open
  • 31 May - Entries close
  • 5 September - Gala event

The IHC Art Awards are open to all New Zealanders with an intellectual disability, aged 13 or over, regardless of whether they use IHC or IDEA services. Entry forms will be available on 1 May 2019.

Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet – IHC Art Awards Ambassador

Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet, is co-founder of internationally acclaimed fashion house WORLD. Denise has been involved with the IHC Art Awards since 2009 and became an Ambassador in 2016, something she is very honoured to do.

In 2009 she met an artist through the Art Awards, and has employed this lady part time in WORLD's Head Office since then. "It is about supporting people in whatever way you can. They give back so much more than you could ever imagine, we have learnt so much from Jojo," Denise says.

The Holdsworth Charitable Trust

IHC would like to acknowledge and thank the Holdsworth Charitable Trust for once again generously supporting the IHC Art Awards in 2019. The Holdsworth Charitable Trust has been the major sponsor of the IHC Art Awards since 2014 and IHC is extremely proud of the long association between the Holdsworth Charitable Trust and the IHC Art Awards.

Taki Rua