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Creative Northland – Connecting Northland’s Art Sector


Matariki is the Maori New Year and is represented by a cluster of stars. It rises mid-winter each year and celebrations occur throughout Aotearoa.
Creative Northland proudly supports Matraiki projects in the Northland region each year.

To celebrate Matariki 2020 we have created a landing page full of events and resources to help celebrate Matariki a time for growth and change, and a time for remembrance. Click here to see.

Karanga Matariki – 2019

This Matariki season (2019), Creative Northland and Te Puni Kokiri partnered to deliver the inaugural ‘Karanga Matariki’ funding to creative projects happening across Northland.
This year focused on projects/exhibitions/festivals/shows outside the Whangarei area and so priority support was given to those from the Far North, mid – North and Kaipara.
Projects included Exhibitions, Murals, Lights displays and workshops, interactive workshops for tamariki and whanau, school dance performances, Matariki Festivals and harakeke wananga.
While not the sole funder for some of these projects, many of which were already created, we are confident that the ‘Karanga Matariki’ funding made a positive difference to each event. We look forward to partnering with Te Puni Kokiri again for this funding and other planned projects.

Matariki 2014 – 2016

Ma te wheturangi o Matariki, e tiaki mai…
May the gentle light of Matariki guide and inspire you all year

To celebrate Matariki 2016, Creative Northland joined in the Whanau Festival on the Canopy Bridge at the Town Basin on Saturday 18 June and also toured the Seven Sisters 7 screen installation to various galleries and centres around Northland throughout June and July.
The Seven Sisters Matariki Installation was created by our own Creative Manager Karen Sidney in 2014, and updated again in 2015. Each year documents seven Maori wahine Artists, and some of their connected exhibitions, who whakapapa to or are based in Te Tai Tokerau/Northland.
The Installation starts with a Karanga to Matariki, written and performed by Artist Andrea Hopkins (Ngati Paoa, Marutuahu, Maniapoto). The 7 Artists (each working in different mediums) have a screen each to talk about their creative work – what the time of Matariki means to them, their artistic journeys thus far, and what has inspired them.

7 Sisters Installation 2014 Artists

Gabrielle Belz – Printmaker
Ella Henry – Teacher of digital storytelling, AUT
Andrea Hopkins – Painter
Noelle Jakeman – Clay
Karel Kaio – Curator, Sculptor
Paitangi Ostick – Ta Moko, Carver, Weaver
Reana Te Hei  – Dancer

7 Sisters Installation 2015 Artists

Exhibition: Honouring Past Weavers of Te Tai Tokerau, Te Hemoata Henare – Curator
Te Hemoata Henare – Weaver
Arana Horncy – Metalworker, Adornment
Lisa Reihana – Filmmaker, Digital Artist
Kura Te Waru Rewiri – Painter, Head of Maori Art, NorthTec
Mandy Sunlight – Weaver
Dot Waetford  – Clay

Welcome to Creative Northland!

Creative Northland has an ongoing commitment to making sure that the arts sector in Northland is dynamic, thriving, influential and productive.