At Creative Northland we continuously learn about our region’s Arts, Culture and Heritage sector by researching, participating, watching and listening carefully. 

Below you will find reports and strategies that have been developed to ensure transparency in our relationship with our creative communities.

These documents showcase the value we provide for Northland creatives, as well as the areas we have identified where we can build further value for the benefit of our creative community, people and organisations. 


Creative Northland was tasked by the Whangarei District Council to develop the Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy – He Rautaki Toi ā Rohe ō Whangārei, for 2019-2029. It is a partnership between Creative Northland, the arts, culture and heritage community, and Whangarei District Council in order to provide a framework for the creative sector in the district for the next 10 years.

It was developed through surveys, consultation hui, focus groups and one-on-one meetings with artists and their representative organisations. It was adopted by Council in September 2019, following a final round of feedback.

The Strategy aims to build on the region’s artistic, cultural and heritage strengths and set out a path towards realising the social, economic and environmental benefits that creativity brings to Whangārei. It includes an action plan including six goals, eighteen objectives spanning the next 10 years but with a particular focus on what can be achieved in the next three years. The action plan is a living document that will be updated every 3 years.

It determines priorities and accountability for different groups in the arts sector, and provides clear pathways that each of us – local authority, regional arts body, and the community – can participate in and contribute to, to ensure the success of the Strategy.

Kaipara District Arts, Culture, and Heritage Strategy 2022 - 2032

He Rautaki Toi ā Rohe ō Kaipara, an arts, culture, and heritage strategy for the Kaipara district 2022- 2032, sets out the vision, goals, and objectives that Creative Northland, Kaipara District Council, and the creative sector want to achieve. 

This is the first strategy of its kind for Kaipara District.  

The strategy will set out a vision for the creative arts and heritage sectors of the district to bring creativity into everyday life whilst continuing to celebrate the sense of ‘place’ that embodies the district. 

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