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A Draft Strategy for Arts and Creativity in Ōtautahi Christchurch
Mā te pohewa mā te auaha hoki, ka whakapuaki ngā kura e huna ana.
With imagination and creativity a hidden jewel can be revealed.
This whakataukī (proverb) refers to the Ngāi Tahu relationship with pounamu, a unique treasure of the South Island. To the untrained eye, the exterior of the pounamu looks like any other stone in the river, but with skillful crafting, a treasure is revealed.
Generations of Māori wore trails across the Southern Alps as they sought this highly prized commodity. It was crafted into fine works of art, used for tools and weaponry, and was a valuable trade item.
The South Island became known as Te Waipounamu - The Waters of Greenstone. Ōtautahi Christchurch and Canterbury became significant trading centres.
Ōtautahi Christchurch is a city founded in a dramatic landscape. From the Pacific Ocean to the braided rivers, from the rugged mountains and glaciers of the Southern Alps to the fertile plains. From the earliest days, this place has shaped the creativity of the people who live here.
We believe that if we can skillfully craft a strategy that supports the arts in Ōtautahi Christchurch, many more treasures will be revealed from our creative landscape.
The arts have always been an important part of our lives. This strategy builds on our strong creative roots, which have shown Ōtautahi Christchurch to be a place of experimentation and artistic risk taking.
Events in Ōtautahi Christchurch have created an opportunity for us to think differently - now we want to take that momentum forward.
Ngā mihi nui ki ngā kaiāwhina.
We thank all those who have contributed to the development of this strategy and look forward to an ongoing dialogue.
La tafe toto ou ala aua lou taleni i mea taulima ma tusi ata!
Tuturu whakamaua, kia tina, haumi e, hui e, taiki e!
Come along to one of our drop in sessions for an informal chat about the strategy.
Wednesday 5 June, 4.30pm-6.30pm
Little River Board Room,
4238 Christchurch-Akaroa Road, Little River
Thursday 6 June, 5pm-6pm
Tūranga Central Library,
60 Cathedral Square, Central City
Wednesday 12 June, 4.30pm-5.30pm
New Brighton Library
213 Marine Parade, New Brighton
Or, if you cannot make one of these sessions, you can contact us anytime: ArtsAdvisors@ccc.govt.nz or 03 941 8999.