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10 Jul 2023

Creativity at the heart of the community

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A masterpiece from Toi Ako Te Kauwhata’s Creative Kids group and the inspiration behind it.

Toi Ako Te Kauwhata: Create-Connect-Community

Toi Ako is a non-profit creative space operating from the Artspace underneath St Margaret’s Hall at 3 Waerenga Rd. 

Overseen by Te Kauwhata Community House, Toi Ako delivers classes, workshops, and events in the wider community. Its kaupapa is to bring people together through creativity for artistic, social and hauora outcomes. The community grows every year and is a place where people can foster new friendships, learn new skills, and feel at home. 

Regular weekly programmes include Arts for All, a mixed ability open studio, Creative Kids for 5 to 12-year-olds, Knit & Natter, Craft & Communi-tea in Meremere, Te Kauwhata Community Choir, Ukulele Group and Youth Drop In. Each term Toi Ako also delivers a whānau workshop, school holiday workshop, guest tutor programmes and community events. 

If you are feeling low, anxious, grieving, or living with trauma, Toi Ako also has a registered clinic’s creative arts therapist on site available for individual appointments. 

Check out the Toi Ako programme at toiako.org or pop into the community house for a paper copy. 

If you’d like to learn more or have a skill to share, the team would love to talk to you anytime. Contact Lauren at artstekauwhata@gmail.com, phone 021 222 5682 or Kris at toiakoyouth@gmail.com.

 The Toi Ako Te Kauwhata team