07 Dec 2022
As part of our work advocating the value of the arts to local government, we were proud to support the ‘Placemaking Now’ session at the recent Taituarā Conference Ko te heke mai ināianei: the future is now.
Our session focused on the practical ways that local government and other government agencies, business and the creative sector can work together to shape the places we live, work and play.
The panel included:
Haniko Te Kurapa opened the korero. His speech is captured below.
Imagine a future where our cities and towns sing of our place and our people. Where we step outside our door, and our built environment cloaks us with the stories of our place. Of where and who we are – in all our glorious diversity. Where everyone has access to creative experiences that nurture our individual potential, our wellbeing and sense of belonging within our communities, sparking joy and connection.
Arts, culture & creativity bring communities together — they connect us, comfort us, entertain us and help us to find a sense of belonging.
We see this in the work of the , appointed by hapū to provide the mana whenua voice responsible for ensuring Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahuvalues, aspirations and narrativesarerealised within the recovery and rebuild of Christchurch Ōtautahi.
By involving artists and designers in the rebuild, the spaces and infrastructure created are elevated from pure amenity to something that both grounds us in place and lifts our spirits.
is a stunning example of innovative community infrastructure. Set within the library, it’s transformed into a community hub: a ‘third space’ between home and work, a place to gather and be ‘alone together’.
Great placemaking provides community anchors — increasing the use of public spaces as we navigate our experiences through these landmarks.
Be brave in our partnerships
Te Hono, “to connect”, is located on ancestral land historically confiscated from iwi. Now, the architecture of the terminal puts mana whenua stories at its heart, reinforces mana whenua status for Puketapu hapū and reminds the community and visitors about this history which saw the hapū lose the whenua.
, lead artist reflects “The land of the previous airport came from us. This is the piece of land that Puketapu hapū takes its identity from. We reminded the New Plymouth District Council that we are tired of being invisible on our own landscape and that our tamariki deserve more.”
The project is richer than the sum of parts: a story of love and longing is conceptualised within the literal architecture of the building and continues as you enter, take shelter and journey onward.
It’s won awards nationally and internationally – and most significantly, has been a mechanism for partnership, community education and healing.
Te Hono now embodies manaakitanga by using art, culture and creativity to connect us through stories, laying the foundation for future developments across Taranaki and Aotearoa.
The answers are in our communities
We want healthy, connected and thriving communities – where everyone has opportunities to experience the transformational impact of the arts.
The Vogelmorn Community Group transformed the old Bowling Green, organising and co-hosting events, and hiring its buildings for gigs, workshops, rehearsals, yoga classes, and book launches. Neighbour kids play on the community trampoline and bikes, and families host birthday parties with the community pizza oven.
It's our challenge together
We know local government are key partners in this work, and we want to support you.
It’s timely for us to be talking about placemaking alongside the Future for Local Government Review’s report which has chapters on placemaking and wellbeing — and councils’ crucial role as influencer.
Last year Creative New Zealand made a to New Zealand Infrastructure Commission’s consultation He Tūāpapa ki to Ora—Infrastructure for a Better Future. We talked about how creatives can help build welcoming infrastructure which reflects our unique cultural identities, with practical examples already happening across the motu:
How about you? What do you want your community to look, feel and sound like?
We invite you to re-think how you position arts, culture and creativity in your town or city – as an essential tool for the future of your communities and essential to placemaking. Let's do this mahi together.
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. It is the people, it is the people, it is the people
For more information on our local government advocacy work go to our page.