Celebrate Tāmaki Makaurau and our creative neighbourhoods with a selection of arts projects created by people from Auckland's many communities in collaboration with established artists.

Whānui is a celebration of Tāmaki Makaurau and our creative neighbourhoods.  For 2018 the Whānui theme is creative intergenerational conversations: where older and younger people interact, create, share and learn from each other with five events taking place across the Auckland region.

FREE and filled with life-affirming, interactive, get-in-amongst-it events, Whānui will be popping up near you.

Imagine The Land
Students from Lynfield College and older people from the neighbourhood create hundreds of clay bowls made from local soil. Through the process of making them, stories, memories and perspectives are shared across the generations. The bowls physically represent these interactions and are components of a large floor-based art installation facilitated by artist Ekarasa Doblanovic.
10 & 11 March 2-6pm
Blockhouse Bay Bowls
Download the programme for Imagine the Land here.

Tūhono is a Māori word meaning to bond, join and connect.This large scale visual arts project led by urban contemporary artists Charles & Janine Williams connects Upper Harbour Primary students, their grandparents and elders to preserve the stories of yesterday for the generations of tomorrow.
Opens Fri 16 March - drop in any time outside school hours
Upper Harbour Primary School, Albany
Download the programme for Tūhono here.

Children Talk About
A brave new documentary theatre project led by theatremaker Alice Canton creates a space for young people to have courageous conversations about living and dying. Built from interviews with Ormiston Junior College students and people from their community, Children Talk About interweaves complex and curious stories told by the very young about the very old.
16 & 17 March 6pm
Ormiston Junior College Theatre, Flat Bush
Tickets are free, but booking is required to guarantee your place – Book here
Download the programme for Children Talk About here.

Home Fires
Curated and facilitated by Tamati Patuwai and Mad Ave, this 'Artivist' project responds to the impact of housing redevelopment in the Tāmaki area. Wananga ritual, arts practice and performance are weaved together as tools for healing, resilience and cohesion in the innovative Home Fires initiative, a four-day event in the backyards and open spaces of Glen Innes. Hui e, Taiki e!
21-24 March 10am-10pm
6 Fenchurch St, Glen Innes
Download the programme for Home Fires here.

A ground-breaking live performance led by music and sound producer Anonymouz, 4 THA LUMANA’I finds the parallels between traditional Sāmoan customs and contemporary Hip Hop artforms. Backed by compelling video projection, a cast of local Sāmoan tulāfale orator chiefs join rappers, poets and community performers for a living conversation between the past, present and future.
23 & 24 March 7.30pm
Mangere Arts Centre
Tickets are free, but booking is required to guarantee your place – Book here
Download the programme for 4 THA LUMANA'I here.


Imagine The Land
Ekarasa Doblanovic

: Charles and Janine Williams
Image: 'Mōhio' - Rotorua Primary School

Children Talk About
Creator & Director: Alice Canton
Creative Producer: Julie Zhu
Arts Therapist & Creative Facilitator: Lucy-Mary Mulholland

Home Fires
Artist: Tamati Patuwai
Mad Ave Community Trust

Creative Director, Music & Sound Design
: Anonymouz aka Faiumu Matthew Faiumu
AV & Lighting Designer: Tom Bogdanowicz
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Troy Tuua
Project Administrator: Pulotu Elvira Sheffield
Lead Rap (MC): Kas Futialo aka Kas tha Feelstyle
Lead Rap (Battle): Milo Fuli aka Skolar
Support Rap – Female: Sina Polata’ivao aka C’QUE
Lead Spoken Word - Male: Lastman So’oula
Lead Spoken Word - Female: To’asavili Tuputala
Lead Junior Matai Orator: Musu Neil Tapu-Sitagata
Lead Junior Matai Orator: Lemoa Henry Sevesi Fesulua’i

Supported by

Auckland Diversity Project Fund
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Imagine The Land supported by
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Home Fires supported by
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Nā te aroha, me te kotahitanga, kia ora ai tātou
From love and unity comes our wellbeing.