Nui te Kōrero Session Descriptions 2019

Introducing our keynote speakers

Moana Jackson

Moana Jackson will talk about Aotearoa New Zealand’s Treaty journey and acknowledge the part arts and culture play in that journey. As well as helping us define diversity, he will share his views of what indigenous peoples are saying and how the sector can respond to the challenges, weaving together the threads of equity and access to quality arts, especially for Māori.

Moana Jackson (Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Porou) is a Māori lawyer, respected nationally and internationally for his deep knowledge and expertise in the Treaty of Waitangi and constitutional issues. He is Director of Ngā Kaiwhakamarama i Ngā Ture (the Māori Legal Service he co-founded in 1987) and he teaches in the Māori Law and Philosophy degree programme at Te Wananga o Raukawa. Moana is a prominent speaker on matters concerning law and policy affecting Māori culture and identity, and wrote the Waitangi Tribunal claim for  indigenous flora and fauna and Māori cultural and intellectual property rights (Wai 262).

Known for his extensive overseas work on international indigenous issues, Moana chaired the Caucus for Indigenous Peoples responsible for drafting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He is also a Judge on the International Human Rights Tribunal, based in Geneva.

Kelvyn Eglinton

Kelvyn Eglinton will draw from his real-life experiences in international mining, local and central government, urban growth strategy and the sports industry, discussing relevance through partnerships and the importance of putting community at the heart of transformational projects. 

Kelvyn Eglinton, is Chief Executive of Momentum Waikato Community Foundation, a private foundation that ably demonstrates excellence in public-private partnerships and creating community wellbeing through the arts.

The foundation aims to raise a $300 million endowment fund in the next 30 years to ensure a better Waikato for Everyone Forever. Kelvyn is a specialist in global Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and implementation and is adept in multi-partner strategies, business planning and development programme design. 


Tuaratini will give us insights into her work with Pacific communities to encourage the revitalization of the storytelling styles of the Pacific.

Tuaratini is Takitua (storyteller) and Project Manager for Pacifica Arts Centre. From a young age, she was fascinated with the myths and legends from her Cook Islands heritage and learned that Pacific history was riddled with incredible stories of gods and goddesses that became one with the sea, land and sky. From there, Tuaratini was hooked and her Pacific storytelling journey began.

As Project Manager at the Pacifica Arts Centre in west Auckland, Tuaratini facilitates varying arts, community, and education programmes. She also performs as the Pacifica Experience official Storyteller, and is the senior tutor of the programme’s music, drums and dance workshop.

Rangatahi presentation

Weaving the voices of rangatahi through the arts in Aotearoa

Sonny Ngatai, Chevron Hassett, Justice Hetaraka, Paige Sullivan

This interactive session focuses on building connections by having more meaningful relationships alongside rangatahi within the arts and community.  It will look at positive ways to increase rangatahi’s growing engagement and interest within New Zealand art, and how this can benefit their overall waiora. We challenge you to develop a more in-depth understanding of the new generation to come!

This session is available for all delegates to attend.

Day 1 Breakout sessions: Morning

Courageous conversation

Matthew Farry, iCCAR

Want to develop your racial equity leadership and cross-cultural competencies and have a ‘courageous conversation’ about race and culture in your life and the lives of others? Then this session is for you.

Matthew is Director of the Institute for Courageous Conversations About Race South Pacific (iCCAR). iCCAR was launched in 2016 in Aotearoa New Zealand, and was the inspired offspring of a unique partnership between the President of Pacific Educational Group (PEG), Founder and Author, Mr Glenn Singleton, and academic and practitioner of racial equity, Matthew Farry.   

Note this talk is repeated on Day 1 in the afternoon.


Changing expectations of rangatahi today

Amiria Puia-Taylor, Kian Sinapati and Bobby MacDonald.

How might we involve rangatahi and tap into their potential by allowing them to lead? Founder of The People Weaver, Amiria will be joined by two of her crew members, Youth Advisor of The 312 Hub Kian Sinapati and her left-handed creative business partner Bobby MacDonald. Filled with practical on hand consultation and of course, the active process of art-making and weaving people together, join this kōrero to make your relationships with youth more meaningful.


Ngā Toi Māori - the view from the centre

Panellists: Hone Kouka, Tawata Productions; Tānemahuta Gray, Taki Rua Productions; Dolina Wehipeihana, Auckland Arts Festival and Tama Waipara, Tairāwhiti Arts Festival
Facilitator: Kara Puketapu-Dentice

Māori Arts leaders flip the lens and articulate their framework and worldview. Join this panel’s kōrero to hear about the Māori worldview being the central paradigm from which art can be developed and shared with communities.

They will be bringing insight into their own practices and discussing the wero (challenge) of reframing the way we work in our organisations, how we can empower our Māori communities and artists, as well as connect with audiences in Aotearoa.


Community engagement that works

Gretchen La Roche, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra

Led by Gretchen La Roche, Chief Executive from the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, this breakout will look at ways to build enduring partnerships with your communities. Gretchen will present on the crucial role of community engagement in the rejuvenation of the orchestra and the strategic value the organisation places on these programmes and partnerships. Relevant to all artforms, delegates will be invited to reflect on their organisations’ community engagement and share their experiences, both what has worked and what hasn’t.


Getting on board with diversity

Panellists: Kolokesa Uafā Māhina-Tuai, Objectspace; Desna Whaanga-Schollum, Artspace and Sarah Longbottom, Basement Theatre
Facilitator: John Page, BoardWorks International

There is growing evidence of the correlation between genuine diversity at board level and better decision-making and greater financial sustainability. The fundamental principle of a board is to have a range of perspectives and great boards work in a climate of ‘creative tension’ or ‘agreeable disagreement’. This helps drive better outcomes and long-term success. This panel of governors will explore the arts board’s role in leading and achieving greater diversity and better reflecting the communities they are working with and looking to reach.

Note this talk is repeated on Day 1 in the afternoon.

Day 1 Breakout sessions: Afternoon

Sharing our New Zealand Story on the world stage

Rebecca Smith, New Zealand Story

Ma whero ma pango ka oti ai te mahi (With cooperation the work will be complete)

Nui te Kōrero Weaving the Threads will see the exciting launch of The New Zealand Story Group’s content partnership with Creative New Zealand.

The New Zealand Story Group is the government agency tasked with enhancing New Zealand’s reputation beyond natural beauty. Put simply, they are making New Zealand famous for more good things, and this includes arts and culture.

Director, Rebecca Smith, will present on New Zealand Story’s international perception research and share insights about how key markets perceive Aotearoa. She will invite you to join an interactive breakout session to explore unique New Zealand and Māori arts story ideas. Creative New Zealand and New Zealand Story will use these story ideas to build New Zealand’s creative arts and culture story on the world stage.


Empowering rangatahi in the Hawke’s Bay through meaningful programme and place partnerships

Anna Pierard and Sarah Walmsley, Prima Volta Hawke's Bay Music Programme; Megan Peacock- Coyle, Hawke's Bay Opera House and Tomairangi Henare, soloist.

Project Prima Volta has achieved great success by providing the unconventional platform of opera for many disengaged young people to find meaning through self-expression. The Hawke’s Bay Opera House presents an exceptional opportunity to provide a place for rangatahi to access positive transformation and find their voice through the arts. In this session, Anna, Sarah and Megan will challenge thinking around relevance, discuss the importance of giving arts programmes a home and the social outcomes of arts programmes with high expectations of students.


Tear up the audience rule book: a transformational approach to placing audiences at the centre for the long term

Sally Manuireva, Sally Manuireva Consulting and Sabine Doolin, Insight Unlocked

Respond to audience disruption by tearing up the rule book! When audiences are shifting and arts organisations are striving for relevance and reach, this workshop promises to provide tools for placing audiences at the heart of your organisation for the long term.

Change in organisations can be slow while changes with audiences are accelerating. What are the key barriers to change? How can you get ahead of the audience curve? What does it take to embed an audience-centric approach?

Led by independent consultants working in the culture and community sectors and drawing on our international and local experience, this interactive workshop will get you in the mindset to champion a transformational approach to audiences.


Day 2 Breakout sessions: Morning

Growing community well-being through the arts

Rick Heath, Performing Arts Connections Australia & Alison Dalziel, Localise

This breakout is aimed at art organisations and local government senior management, to grow community well-being through arts providers and facilities. Research tells us that local governments value their performing arts centres first and foremost as spaces that generate community wellbeing. This session will outline the tools and practices that help develop shared understanding and common language between local government and arts organisations. It will provide guidance in regard to strategy-setting, governance, resource allocation and management decisions that deliver community cohesion, vibrancy and grow the local economy. 

Rick has worked in the performing arts industry across Australia for 30 years. He is the Executive Director of Performing Arts Connections Australia (formerly the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association – APACA) and Director of Push Management Pty Ltd, a strategic planning consultancy for the arts industry. Alison is an economist with a passion for local government where she has spent over half of her career in a variety of technical and senior management roles. She has been consulting (Localise) in the local government sector in Western Australia since arriving from New Zealand in 2009. 


How can arts organisations increase their relevance and cultivate the next generation of donors?

Jo Blair, Brown Bread

Old ways don’t open new doors. This is the central belief system behind Brown Bread and at the heart of this kōrero. In this interactive breakout, Founder and Director Jo Blair will unpack the key trends in philanthropy relevant to the next generation of donors.

Millennials are more receptive to cause marketing than previous generations and they’re the largest future giving demographic that are looking for new and innovative ideas to make better things happen. Based in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland, Brown Bread is growing a culture of giving by connecting communities, building meaningful movements, and empowering good businesses to be even better.


Price, Value and Audience Development

Aaron Curran, Baker Richards

Getting prices right for every seat, for every performance, before you go on sale is difficult. However, through analysis and research we can create a more informed understanding of what your audiences value, make more accurate forecasts, improve your in-campaign marketing and pricing decisions, and develop more robust and pragmatic audience development strategies. In this session, Aaron Curran will share some observations and tips learned from working on pricing projects with many Australian and international arts organisations, that help to predict customer behaviour and achieve commercial potential.

Aaron has 20 years management experience in the arts and culture sectors, having held leadership roles at Sydney Opera House, Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Arts Centre Melbourne, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and others. Aaron consults with many of Australia's cultural organisations to drive their marketing objectives and deliver increased revenue and audience growth. Aaron is an Associate of Baker Richards, a leading international consulting and software firm which helps cultural organisations realise their commercial potential.


Generation authentic: creating equity while hustling for the sector

Dina Jezdic, Auckland War Memorial Museum

Audiences are smart and looking for authentic relationships. They are looking for inclusive, open ways of sharing the experience economy through real-life context and stories of today. To be successful arts organisations are constantly looking to connect with audiences in new ways. This means being timing specific, site-specific and most of all intersectional. Today we are engulfed by the culture of collaboration and experience. There is no one-size-fits-all framework of perfect engagement, but it most certainly involves organisational change, adjusting with the times, growing and listening to those that the sector serves.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore the theme of equity through conversations with peers, practicing action and learning how to identify biases and navigate in safety and confidence within these contexts.


Creative carbon action: it all starts with one!

Samantha Walker

Want to reduce the carbon footprint of your arts practice but worried it’s too hard, too expensive, or just too overwhelming? Good news! Getting started is easier than you think and this session will show you how.

Learn how you can kick-start carbon savings with practical actions that are simple to do and DO make a difference. Find out about a wealth of resources available to help you go deeper, make connections, and even get funded. Most importantly, come along and share the things you’re already doing and help inspire others. There’s great stuff happening in our sector.

Workshop host Samantha Walker is passionate about reducing the New Zealand arts and culture sector’s carbon footprint and draws on previous experience as a low carbon specialist with Auckland Council. Samantha is currently General Manager of Auckland theatre creators Nightsong.

More information on the timetable at a glance.