From our General Manager

Arts and Culture Consultation

Thank you to all of you who have attended consultation meetings in Whangarei, Waipu, Kaitaia and Kaikohe. The attendance has been good, the engagement and discussion encouraging. We are hearing more about local projects, local needs for our sector, so we invite you to inform us of your local and regional arts projects to include in this strategy for the north.

Our next arts and culture consultation meetings are in the Kaipara district –

Where – Dargaville – 27th March at the Lighthouse function centre, Hardy Park, 10am to 1pm

Where – Mangawhai – 28th March at the Mangawhai Public Library Hall, 45 Moir Street10am to 1pm

A big thank you to Dargaville Arts Association and Mangawhai Arts Association who will be our hosts, we are delighted to have this opportunity to work with them.

Please register your attendance and projects to


NRC – Have your Say Hearings


NRC are seeking feedback for there Long Term Plan 2018-2028, which will drive what they do – and how they pay for it – for the next 10 years. There consultation document has more detail on these proposals, to read the document, and to have your say, visit: get all feedback on our Long Term Plan to us by 4pm Tuesday 17 April 2018Instead of traditional hearings, NRC are holding a series of ‘Have Your Say’ events around the region during 20-27 March.  This is your chance to talk to councillors and staff, and give your feedback in person if you wish. Details are listed on there website:

Creative Northland receives $59,000 plus GST per annum from NRC, we will know in June if we will continue to receive these funds. Though we understand there are other priorities for NRC such as Water, Native Life, Flood protection. We want to keep this funding, to help people think of arts and culture for what they are: a strategic national resource, so that the arts and culture can be truly enjoyed by everyone.  As a regional organisation when we talk about the value of arts and culture, we always start with the intrinsic – how arts and culture illuminate our inner lives and enrich our emotional world We need to be able to show this on different scales – on individual, communal and national levels – so that we can raise awareness among the public, across the cultural, educational and political sectors, and among those who influence investment in both the public and private sectors. Please help us achieve this.

KDC Long term plan consultation – A Bright Future

Feedback is now being sought on the Consultation Document – A Bright Future. (if you would like a printed copy sent to you please respond to this email with your name and address and one will be sent out).

The document details Council’s thinking around the future of Kaipara District. The feedback to these ideas sets up the Long Term Plan 2018/2028 to give direction to the future of the district.

You can offer feedback on the key topics in the document, or on any wider thoughts on how you’d like to see changes to the district moving forward.

You can offer feedback via this our online portal here. You can also get a paper submission form at Council offices, or at one of our consultation events listed here.

There is also an opportunity for you to speak in support of your submission, details on how to do that are included in either of the submission forms.

KDC need to receive your feedback by 4.30pm Thursday April 05 2018.



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