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Nau mai,
haere mai

Kōkiri nei te tū tangata mo ngā iwi katoa.

To strengthen a unified stance for all people in our communities.

Who we are

Creative Waikato is a not-for-profit Regional Arts Organisation. We are an organisation focused on capability building in the arts, culture and creative ecosystem of Waikato.

We are working towards a vision for a Waikato region that thrives with diverse and transformative creative activity.

With that in mind, our purpose is to serve as navigators who lead the elevation of creativity in our region and collaborate to provide opportunities for cultural wellbeing.

We serve as strategic advisors, advocates, and supporters of people and communities in the Waikato region who want to make the world a better place through creative activity.

Some of the stuff we get up to is:

Advice, training and support

Developing capability and resources

Connecting and creating opportunities

Storytelling and sharing

Promoting and celebrating mahi in the arts

Advocating for arts, creativity, and cultural wellbeing

Which builds
toward our vision:

Waikato thrives
with diverse and
creative activity

We want arts, culture and creativity.
Everywhere. All the time.

And informs
who we are:

Navigators who lead the elevation of creativity in our region and collaborate to provide opportunities for cultural wellbeing

We’re grounded by four pou (pillars) which guide our mahi



We help you succeed through advice, training and support.



We connect you with the right people and places for stronger creative outcomes.



We share stories far and wide and drive engagement with creative activity.



We stand up for arts, culture and creativity as they are essential to the wellbeing of our region.

How we are funded

To do what we do, we’re grateful to have the generous support from our community.

What our funding looks like:

Primary Funder
Core Funders

Our region

We’re Waikato proud, with open arms that extend across the mighty region.


Aligning with the traditional Māori boundaries of Tainui — Waikato, Raukawa, Maniapoto and Hauraki iwi.

  • Waikato
  • Raukawa
  • Maniapoto
  • Hauraki

Local Government

The mahi we do currently flows through:

  • Kirikiriroa/Hamilton City
  • Thames-Coromandel District
  • Hauraki District
  • Matamata-Piako District
  • South Waikato District
  • Waipā District
  • Waikato District
  • Ōtorohanga District
  • Waitomo District
  • Ruapehu District

Want to find out more? Get in touch.