“We Connect & Grow Northland’s Arts, Culture & Heritage.”

Our organisation is mandated to develop the arts and cultural sector within the Northland region. We inspire creative endeavour through artistic projects, touring opportunities, education and specialised resources to develop and sustain our creative community’s artistic practice all over Tai Tokerau.

Wish Upon a Star - Community Art Mural + Workshops

Come along and create a wishing star to display in the glowing community art mural at the Whangārei Central Library.
It may not look like much from the outside….but step inside this unique installation and glow amongst the stars! We would love for as many of our community members to come along to our craft workshops and create a personal wishing star to display in the glowing mural.
Hiwa I te rangi is one of the nine stars of the Matariki cluster. Known as the wishing star, it is to Hiwa that you can send your wishes for the year ahead.- similar to wishing upon a star, or making a new year resolution. We hope to fill our mural with our hopes, dreams and aspirations for the coming Māori New Year.
The community mural will be set up for the duration of the Puanga Matariki Festival. It will be open for viewing from 31st May – 30th June within the Library opening hours and will feature a magical artwork by local artist, Josie Selkirk.

Set times and dates apply for the craft workshops:
Sunday 2nd June – 10:30am – 12:30pm
Thursday 6th June – 10:30am – 12:30pm
Saturday 15th June – 10:30am – 12:30pm
Thursday 20th June – 10:30am – 12:30pm

No need to register in advance. Children must be supervised. Everyone welcome to add to the mural, but please do not touch or write on the feature art piece inside!
Special thanks to Whangārei District Council for sponsoring this project. And to the Whangārei Library for hosting this project. 


Subscribe to our fortnightly e-newsletters to know what’s on in your region during the summer break! We share all the amazing events, creative opportunities and funding options that Te Tai ai Tokerau has to offer, in one simple email format.  

Check out What’s On this summer and support local!

Download the Creative Discovery and visit our amazing local creative spaces to indulge in beautiful artworks by Northland-based artists.

Be inspired by the Creative sector of Whangarei, Bay of Islands and the Far North, and enjoy your time in Te Tai Tokerau.



Follow the Creative Discovery trail and visit our amazing local creative spaces to indulge in beautiful artworks and creations by Northland based artists. There are a range of art practices around Whangarei, the Bay of Islands and the Far North, so be ready to be amazed! 


Creative Northland and Janet Nixon, small business tutor and coach is back with FREE business workshops and mentoring for creatives in Northland. Course participants also have access to free one-on-one business mentoring sessions with Janet.


With 2022 being the first official Matariki public holiday in Aotearoa, there are a multitude of events celebrating this special time of the year. If you’re travelling around Northland, make sure to download our Guide and head along to some of these wonderful events. 

Explore the Arts & Culture of Te Tai Tokerau

View the Northland Art Guide, which showcases the wonderful art spaces, museums, creative venues and galleries that Northland has to offer.


We are delighted to launch our very own Directory for Te Tai Tokerau. If you are a creative person, group or organisation or have a creative space available in Northland, then we want to promote you.

It’s EASY and it’s FREE!

We want our Creative Directory to be the focal point for profiling arts, culture and heritage in Northland, and actively promote listings. Add yours today by registering to our platform.


Keep up to date with current projects and news by registering to our fortnightly e-newsletter, informing you about the regional creative chat and what’s on around Northland.

Looking to visit some Heritage sites over the winter?

View the Northland Heritage Guide, which showcases the wonderful heritage sites and museums that Northland has to offer!


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