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

Northland Youth Summit Arts Festival 2019

Date: 9 am Wednesday 28th August to 5 pm Friday 30th August
Location: Kaitaia, Far North, NZ
Workshop Venues: Te Ahu Centre
Youth Accommodation: Te Paatu Marae
Food: Provided by caterers – allergies catered for
Cost: $0.00 (FREE)
Applications Dates: 1st May – 21st June (CLOSED)

Application Form (Online):

Application Form (PDF):

Please send any forms completed as a PDF to events@creativenorthland.com

The Northland Youth Summit Arts Festival is an annual event which is held in a different location around Northland each year with 2019 being hosted in Kaitaia. This free event is for youth aged 12-24 residing in Northland with 88 places available this year.

Experts in their field facilitate and mentor youth in various creative workshops over 3 days. All youth stay on site for the entirety of the event with dedicated staff and mentors at a local marae. All catering is provided for the 3 days and transport is available to the event from different areas around Northland.

Each workshop will have a youth mentor to ensure the three-day programme is fully immersive, engaging and nurturing for the youth attendees. At the completion of the Northland Youth Summit, each group will present their finished work to the other youth participants and family members.

UPDATE: Application are now closed and all youth have been sent an email with the success of their application – either it has been accepted or you have been put on the waiting list. Youth who have been accepted that are under 18 years old will require parent or guardian consent to attend.
All youth who have been accepted into a workshop are listed below in the relevant workshop.


Purpose: Song composition and performance.
Outcome: Completed Song with other young musicians performed on the last day of the event.
Facilitated by: Jesse Samu & Scott Wynne
Sponsored by: The Electoral Commission
Youth Participants Accepted:
Te Hauroamirangi Tawhara-Crown
Nakita Batters
Aila Dunn
Justin Soulsby
Kes Deker
Jade Casebow
Jorja Tatham
Robin Hemana
Grant Hemana
Toronge Pene
Ashleigh Whittaker

Purpose: Learn Film production skills and techniques including filming & editing.
Outcome: Completed short film shown on the last day of the event.
Facilitated and supported by: Facebox – Kevin Etherington & Raewyn Barry
Youth Participants Accepted:
Loghan East
Danae Kitiona
Memory Simona
Britney Fabian
Israel Thomas
Te Mahara Tamehana
Rhythm Tahitahi Matiu
Nikita Sanders
Princesse Harrison-Cooper
Alisi Lopeti
Erin Mckinley

Purpose: Learn dance choreography skills.
Outcome: Completed Dance to be performed on the final day of the event.
Facilitated by: Jenn Ruka & Leshaan Tanagriki Pou
Youth Participants Accepted:
Alize Wiki
Drezel Williams
Jahvaan Reuben Harris
Sequoia Lambert
Camille Fowlie
Alana-joe Metekingi
Anna-lee Davies-Sherwin
Jayda-Mae Thompson
Paris Baker
Mishaela Wharehinga
Olivia Williams

Purpose: Learn 3D Digital Projection Mapping skills.
Outcome: Completed projection mapping project to be displayed on the final day of the event.
Facilitated by: Hans Kim, Krishna Dudumpudi & Nandoun Abeysekera
Youth Participants Accepted:
Max Bull
Morgan Bull
Michael Parangi
Harvey Samson
Nirvana Sluys
Nina Matenga
Savannah Hancock
Anneka Hyde
Cajun Morrison-Smith
Theo Dickinson-Yeoman
Ana Allen

Purpose: Learn painting techniques
Outcome: Completed artwork created using paint to be exhibited on the final day of the event.
Facilitated by: North Tec – Faith McManus & Lorraine King
Youth Participants Accepted:
Aroha Morgan
Hinekahurangi Tutapu
Tui-Atarangi Lenden
Joanne Williams
Harry Jeon
Manaia Soper
Brodie Campbell
Aafje Schreuder
Sheridan Harris
Shannon Paraha
Naomi Ngawati

Purpose: Learn skills and techniques for theatrical performance.
Outcome: Completed theatre piece to be performed on the last day of the event.
Facilitated by: Georgia May Russ & Lutz Hamm
Youth Participants Accepted:
Vivienne Cosner
Asher Bassett
Joshua Jeffery
Isaac Harley
Shae Schomberg-field
Manaakitia Hemara
Joe Howells
Ruby Dickinson-Yeoman
Tuiata Horncy
Angharad Yearbury-Murphy
Zoë Palmer

Purpose: Learn Fashion Design Techniques
Outcome: Completed Wearable Arts Design to be presented at a miniature runway show on the final day of the event. Aim of entering in the Northland Bernina Fashion Awards after the event.
Facilitated by: Shelly Matiu & Peter Vosper
Supported by: Spotlight (Whangarei branch) and North Haven Hospice
Youth Participants Accepted:
Colin Gilligan
Laurel Wilson
Jaydah Rogers
Sarvanna August
Rangimarie Harding
Inverness Cowles
Desiree Te Kahika
Turoa Moki-Rice
Kathryn Wood
Nalani Werhan
Naia Dunn

Purpose: Learn Sculpture & Weaving techniques.
Outcome: Completed sculpture and flax item to be displayed on the final day of the event in an exhibition style showcase.
Facilitated by: Te Hemoata Henare & Poutama Henare
Youth Participants Accepted:
Keyera Witehira-Manuel
Zenith Sayer
Paige Kuvarji
Alyndrea Jones
Stella Harding
Aaliyah King
Michael Martin
Te Waiariki Phillips
Teina Reid
Shannon Raimona
Shakira Tahitahi


Creative New Zealand – Key Funder

Creative New Zealand is the key funder providing a majority of the money for us to host his event.
” Creative New Zealand encourages, promotes and supports the arts in New Zealand for the benefit of all New Zealanders through funding, capability building, our international programme and advocacy. ” (creativenz.govt.nz)

North Tec – Key Educational Sponsor

North Tec has agreed to come on board as our key educational sponsor for the next 2 years in which they will contribute cash donation each year as well as in-kind contributions. This is building from the sponsorship received for the 2018 event where they contributed cash, venues and equipment. 
Our partnership with NorthTec acts as a gateway for youth attending the event into further studies within the Creative Sector. 
There will be a number of the tutors from NorthTec attending the event as Facilitators of various workshops. This allows youth to gain a first-hand experience of what it might be like to attend North Tec and make valuable connections with the tutors.

The NZ Electoral Commission – Music Workshop Sponsor

The Electoral Commission runs parliamentary elections and keeps the electoral roll up to date.  Visit the enrolment team while you’re at the Youth Summit to talk about getting on the roll so you can vote in elections and have your voice heard.  For more information go to www.vote.nz or www.facebook.com/ivotenz.

Te Ahu – Venue Sponsor

We are excited to be hosting the majority of the workshops at the Te Ahu Centre in Kaitaia thanks to their support.

A vibrant community, in the heart of Kaitaia.
Te Ahu is a multi-functional community facility in Kaitaia in Northland, New Zealand, which houses the area’s library, museum, i-SITE visitor information centre and council customer services. The complex also houses a café, a variety of venues for hire including different-sized meeting rooms, banquet room and the main hall, little theatre, art space and cinema.
You will not easily forget Te Ahu;  the Pou that surround you, representative of local iwi (muriwhenua), nor the godwits suspended overhead, or the fish of Maui beneath your feet. If you visit Kaitaia without visiting Te Ahu, you will forever have an empty space in your memories of the Far North. Te Ahu welcomes the Northland Youth Summit Arts Festival 2019 for their 3 day Creative Summit.

North Haven Hospice – Wearable Arts Workshop Partner

North Haven Hospice provides specialist end-of-life care for local people, of all ages, who are living with a terminal illness  –  including support for their families/whanau and carers  –  all free of charge.
Hospice is about quality of life, helping patients live every moment in whatever way is important to them.
North Haven supports youth, arts and creativity  –  along with recycling and upcycling  –  and we are delighted to supply clothing items, fabric and sewing machines for the Northland Youth Summit Arts Festival.
Garments created will be showcased as part of our Top-Notch Fashion Show at the Hospice Shop in Whangarei this November.  For updates, follow North Haven Hospice on Facebook or Instagram.  We also offer a variety of volunteering opportunities for youth, so do check us out.

Facebox – Film Workshop Supporters

Facebox will be coming on board to run the film workshop as a film crew and teach the youth some very useful skills over the 3 days of the event.

“Facebox Limited is an award-winning video production house which produces engaging video content and is at the forefront of the video marketing revolution. Facebox prides itself in exceeding every single client’s expectation. Producing content for numerous national brands has given Facebox the credibility, the reach and the experience to lead the way in video production for this new millennia in Australasia.
Offering unique subscription-based video production packages, professionally produced videos have never been more affordable for the business owner. Whether your business is big or small, we have the video package to match your budget.
Video marketing is the absolute king of digital marketing today. If you want to dominate your space, we should talk.” – Kevin Etherington


For more information or if you have any questions please contact the events team on 09 430 0710 or events@creativenorthland.com