From Monday 30 March, PANNZ (Performing Arts Network of New Zealand), in partnership with Auckland Live, invited the creative sector from across Aotearoa to come together in response to the COVID-19 crisis for a series of regular, online, free hui. Starting off as a weekly event, the hui have now changed to a monthly format. The regular hui give us a chance for us to gather remotely, connect and get up to date as a community. Our first and second hui were facilitated by Jo Randerson, Artistic Director of Barbarian Productions. The subsequent hui were facilitated by Dolina Wehipeihana (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Raukawa), Kaiārahi Māori for PANNZ.
Date and Time: Monthly, Mondays, 11am
The hui are live streamed, and then made available for those that are unable to join. During the live stream, you will be able to ask questions via the comment threads on the PANNZ Facebook page and AucklandLive YouTube. We do our best to respond to these during the hui, or gather them into common themes to be answered afterwards. Please note: The information in these hui is correct as of the date of broadcast.
Hui 1 – The Emergency funding response from Creative New Zealand
Hui 2 – An approach towards events and audience engagement in the future
The second, held on Monday 6 April at 11am, focused on the approach towards events and audience engagement in the future, and how Festivals can play their part in this approach. Alongside Jo were Meg Williams, Executive Director of Tāwhiri Festivals and Experiences (New Zealand Festival of the Arts, Wellington Jazz Festival, Second Unit and Lexus Song Quest) and Arts Wellington Chairperson; David Inns, Executive Director of Auckland Arts Festival; and Tama Waipara (Ruapani, Rongowhakaata and Ngāti Porou), Executive Director/Artistic Director of Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival.
Special Creative New Zealand hui 1
On Wednesday 15 April at 11am, Creative New Zealand partnered with PANNZ and Auckland Live to bring you a special online hui, to answer your questions about the CNZ Emergency Response package and wider response to Covid-19.
Hui 3 – Disruption, sustainability and wellbeing
Our third hui, held on Monday 20 April at 11am, was a discussion about disruption, sustainability and wellbeing. Alongside Dolina, sharing their thoughts and insights on this rapidly changing environment, were Auckland Fringe director and kaiwhakahaere and founder of Taurima Vibes, Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho (Te Arawa, Tuhoe, Tuwharetoa); Auckland Arts Festival artistic director, Shona McCullagh; and poet, playwright, paediatrician, medical researcher and fiction writer, Renee Liang.
To watch a replay of our third hui, please visit our Facebook event or YouTube. A copy of Shona McCullagh’s whakaaro can be found here. Please refer to Renee Liang’s support material here. You can also read about it in The Big Idea.
Hui 4 – independent artists and their pathways
Our fourth hui, held on Monday 4 May, was a kōreo with independent artists focussing on what they see as clear pathways for artists at this time, where they are finding their support networks, and what they might like to see in a post Covid-19 world. Alongside Dolina, sharing their thoughts and insight were playwright and producer of Pasifika performance collective F.C.C, Victor Rodger; theatre-artist and founder of White_Mess, Alice Canton; and Christchurch based actor and educator, Juanita Hepi (Kāi Tahu, Ngāi te Rangi, Ngātiwai, Ngāti Mutunga).
Hui 5 – What’s happening in the regions?
Our fifth hui, held on Monday 11 May, was focused on what’s happening in the regions, the arts practice that has emerged during Covid-19, and the possibilities for activity in the future as we focus on local economies and think ‘superlocal’. Alongside Dolina, sharing their thoughts and insights were Dunedin based writer, director and dramaturg and co-founder (with producer H-J Kilkelly) of Prospect Park Productions, home of Ōtepoti Theatre Lab and Ōtepoti Writers Lab, Emily Duncan; Hamilton based composer and CEO of Creative Waikato, Dr Jeremy Mayall; and Northland based carver, artist and designer and chairperson of Toi Ngāpuhi, Bernard Makoare (Te Uri o Hau; Ngati Whatua, Te Waiariki, Te Kai Tutae; Te Rarawa Ngapuhi-nui-tonu)
Hui 6 – the wider arts community as champions of their art forms
Our sixth hui, held on Monday 18 May, focused on how wider arts community organisation leaders are championing their art-forms and keeping connected with audiences and artists. Alongside Dolina, sharing their thoughts and insights were director of Auckland Writers Festival Waituhi o Tamaki, Anne O’Brien; New Zealand Comedy Trust and NZ International Comedy Festival General Manager, Lauren Whitney; and Royal New Zealand Ballet Executive Director, Lester McGrath.
Hui 7 – In acknowledgement of Nui Te Kōrero
Our seventh hui, held on Monday 25 May, was in acknowledgement of Nui te Kōrero, Creative New Zealand‘s annual leadership conference which was to take place in Wellington on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 May, but was cancelled just before lockdown. The 2020 conference was set to explore set to explore what makes a resilient arts sector now and in the future for the long-term benefit for all New Zealanders, a theme that resonates more strongly now than ever as we look to rebuild the creative sector over the coming months. Alongside Dolina, sharing their thoughts and insights were Senior Adviser Audience Development and Capability Building for Creative New Zealand, Helen Khoey; Puawai Cairns (Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Pūkenga), Acting Director of Audience and Insights at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa; and Executive Director of Arts Access Aotearoa, Richard Benge.
Hui 8 – The welcome move into Level 1
Our eighth hui held on Monday 15 June, focused on the welcome move into level 1 and how we are readjusting our practice as artists and organisations in this new normal. What initiatives and processes are we putting in place, whether through live performance or digital, audience engagement, or preparing venues to safely re-open? Alongside Dolina, sharing their thoughts and insights were Kahukura / Kaiarataki Toi – CEO & Artistic Director of Taki Rua Productions, Tānemahuta Gray (Ngāi Tahu, Rangitāne, Tainui, Scottish, English); Theatre Producer and Music Producer (Little Andromeda, New Zealand Playhouse and Orange Studio), Michael Bell; and Executive Director of Auckland Theatre Company, Anna Cameron.
Special Creative New Zealand hui 2
On Tuesday 14 July at 11am, Creative New Zealand partnered with PANNZ and Auckland Live to bring you a special online hui, to answer your questions about the 12-month plan of investment and continuation of their wider response to COVID-19.
Hui 9 – The desire for change
Our ninth hui held on Monday 17 August, asked the question, is a desire for change enough to affect real change? The Covid-19 crisis has taken a huge toll on our lives, our livelihoods and our wellbeing. It has forced us to slow down, breathe, and consider the current state of the world, and the environments in which we work and live. Out of the quiet rose a number of voices calling for change, for an end to the status quo, and a caution against a return to ‘business as usual’. Alongside Dolina, sharing their thoughts and insights were Sarah Meads, founder of Track Zero; Dione Joseph, founder of Black Creatives Aotearoa, and co-founder of JK Productions: He Kōrero Ngā Tahi; and Pelenakeke Brown, interdisciplinary artist and Touch Compass interim artistic director.
Hui 10 – What’s on the horizon for te reo in the arts?
In celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, our tenth online PANNZ hui focused on how artists and arts organisations are doing their part to celebrate and revitalise the Māori language. With a boom in popularity, the possibilities are endless for expressions of te reo in the arts, so we asked, what’s on the horizon?
Alongside Dolina for this kōrero were three champions of te reo advocacy in performing arts, Hinewehi Mohi MNZM (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tūhoe), Pītau-whakarewa Māori membership growth and development leader at APRA; Hōhepa Waitoa (Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata, co-director, playwright, composer, tutor, producer and pāpā and Ataahua Papa (Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Ngāti Mahuta, Waikato), Kaihautū Māori Auckland Arts Festival