There are many ways to be involved with Creative Northland. From Helping us with our events, becoming and intern, gaining work experience or understanding what we do for our community. Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or watch out for advertisements through Volunteer Northland for any events where we need assistance. We look forward to working with you.
Volunteers fulfill an essential role at Creative Northland and without them, many of the events wouldn’t be possible. We appreciate all the help we get and we would love to hear from you if you think volunteering is for you. In return we can offer you a great work environment, lots of friendly faces and new exciting opportunities to learn new skills.
Creative Northland introduced an intern programme to help grow the talent base in Northland. We offer the opportunity to get hands-on experience and develop your skills to help you in your chosen field or just to give you that bit of direction that you may need. You will walk away with a reference and a range of contacts in the arts sector from working directly with the artists in our region.
These interests led me to the opportunity of studying aboard in Lyon, France, in 2015 for six months. I also wrote my own personal column for the Northern Advocate under the title “Kia Ora from a Korean Kiwi”. I have taught English to Korean students and have helped bridge cultural gaps within the community. In my spare time I enjoy writing, blogging, and scrapbooking to use as my creative outlet, along with socialising with friends and listening to music in general.”
I have always been interested in event planning and marketing and I gained relevant skills in both areas being an intern. I helped with designing posters, website development, managing the Facebook page, organising the e-newsletter and much more.
The team at Creative Northland were very kind and supportive and encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and develop my confidence in the workplace. The role was very flexible and no day was ever the same as the last. I would definitely recommend taking up an intern opportunity. You never know what you might learn and what will come out of it.”
As a result of my involvement in the arts at Epsom Girls Grammar School, I have developed a thorough appeal to both performing and visual arts. I have been involved in a variety of drama performances and productions, and have gained a significant amount of experience in performing arts. I also have a keen interest in social sciences and humanities, particularly history and anthropology.
From my experience as a boarder and student in Auckland throughout my secondary school years, I have learnt how to thrive and work in diverse and unfamiliar environments. In my free time I enjoy reading, writing, spending time with friends, watching films, outdoor adventures and olympic weightlifting.”
Toi Māori Aotearoa Māori Arts Internship
Creative Northland join Atamira Dance Company in Auckland and the NZ Festival in Wellington as hosts of the Toi Māori Aotearoa Māori Arts Internship (MAI) Programme where the three organisations select an intern to work within their organisation to explore a career path in the arts.
With only three paid internships available nationwide General Manager Hinurewa te Hau says “We were thrilled to be selected as a host, especially to be able to give a Northlander the opportunity to extend their knowledge and build their confidence through work experience and to build administration and management experience – in the arts area of their choice”.
After a rigorous selection process Northland artist Leonard Foley Murupaenga was chosen to take up the internship. He will work on several projects during his 20 weeks with Creative Northland including developing Maori Theatre in Northland and working with students in the Mural Workshop at the Northland Youth Summit Arts Festival in September.
Lenny says he couldn’t believe that he was the successful applicant for the MAI Programme. “When I received the news I was literally speechless! I’ve been in this position for one week and it feels absolutely natural. I intend to learn as much as I possibly can to further my understanding in this position.
A quote that resonates with me is this;
“Unhuhia te rito o te harakeke, kei hea te Kōmako e kō?
Ui mai ki ahau, ‘He aha tem ea nui o te Ao?’
Māku e kīatu,
‘He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.’
If you remove the central shoot of the flaxbush, where will the bellbird find rest?
If you were to ask me, ‘What is the most important thing in the world?’
I would reply, ‘It is people, it is people, it is people.’”