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Entries are now open for the Fieldays No. 8 Wire Award20 January, 2017

Entries are now open for the Fieldays No. 8 Wire Award, with nearly $10,000 in prize money on offer.

The annual award, which is hosted by Waikato Museum, challenges artists to create artworks made predominantly from agricultural products including a minimum 50 per cent No. 8 wire.

This year is a milestone for the award, having been established by the New Zealand National Fieldays Society Inc in 1997.
“The 20th year of this event embodies the innovation and pride we Kiwis have in our rural heritage and character,” says Fieldays Society CEO Peter Nation.

“We had a record number of entries in 2016, which shows just how… Read more

Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa - A Must See20 January, 2017

Celebrate the music of our nation with Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa, the first-ever major exhibition of New Zealand music. A homegrown, hands-on, ears-on exhibition, Volume explores the soundtracks of our lives through vibrant and interactive displays.

From 'Loyal' to 'Royals', from C'mon to clubs, from 'Poi Poi Twist' to 'Poi E', Volume is a landmark exhibition about making and performing popular music in Aotearoa. 

Volume takes you on a musical journey, starting with today, and winding back through the decades to the 1950s. Hear the songs that you've fallen in love to, broken up to and everything in between.

Get… Read more

Artillery - Creative Development Workshops 201720 January, 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended an Artillery workshop in 2016, it doesn't stop here, we roll on into 2017 with Promoting Your Creative Work starting on February 2nd in Taupō. This workshop will arm you with what you need to promote your projects well while making the most of your precious time and resources.
Creative Waikato is being supported by Creative New Zealand to deliver the FREE creative development workshop series.

Visit the Creative Waikato/Artillery page on the website for the full 2017 schedule, registrations are essential for catering purposes and numbers are limited.

February 2017 
Promoting Your Creative Work
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Haka meets Techno and Hip-Hop20 January, 2017

The Hamilton-based group, Te Iti Kahurangi, has taken the bold step of remixing some of its traditional kapahaka songs and haka, to take on a new flavour which they have dubbed ‘Techno-Haka’ and ‘Haka Hip-Hop’.

Producer and co-founder of the group, Kingi Kiriona, says “we always wanted to put a production  spin on some of our haka items, but the outcome has exceeded our expectations”.

The so-called ‘Techno-Haka’, Kei Whea Te Tuna?, is a song about traditional eeling practises here in Waikato.  The ‘Haka Hip-Hop’ piece, Atua Whiowhio, on the other hand is themed to the steam-train prophecy by Te Kooti… Read more

Looking for a venue for your arts based workshops?20 January, 2017

Are you looking for a venue to run your arts based workshops?  We have a studio space available and are centrally located with free car parking.  For further information please contact Arts for Health Community Trust on 8382271 or email

First meeting of Coromandel Arts and Creative Industries Advisory Board20 December, 2016

The Coromandel Arts and Creative Industries Advisory Board met for the first time on 9 December 2016. The establishment of the Board comes as one of the actions to advance the Coromandel Arts and Creative Industries Strategy, which was adopted by Council in June 2016.

"The most important immediate step from the strategy is setting up the Board which creates a clear advocacy body for the arts and creative industries in the Coromandel. The aim of the Board is to implement the community arts strategy in a way that supports the whole district by working better together moving forward," says Scott… Read more