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Tāmaki Makaurau Capability Network

Delivered by Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi, the Tāmaki Makaurau Capability Network aims to develop a collective impact model focused on building creative sector capability across Tāmaki Makaurau. We are co-designing and implementing a range of capability projects and initiatives, while connecting communities of practice across a network of creative practitioners. With the intent to enable collaboration, sharing learning and best practice, creating and distributing open source resources and building capability infrastructure.

The project is a co-investment between Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi and Manatū Taonga, delivered by Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi. Below is an overview of our Tāmaki Makaurau Capability Network projects and the people who will be leading them.

Creative Sector Leadership Development

A pilot programme for enablers and activators doing vital work in their communities. Over six months, ten creative sector leaders will engage in workshopping and mentorship that supports them and their mahi. Our aim is to hold a safe space that creates strong bonds amongst change makers, and is supported by an ecosystem of knowledgeable and generous thinkers and doers. The participants, speakers and mentors will share and develop imaginative and people-focused ways forward and programme content will be designed in conversation, catering specifically to participants’ wants and needs.

This project is led by Esther Cahill-Chiaroni

Esther Cahill-Chiaroni has over 15-years’ experience in the screen sector and has been instrumental in supporting our most exciting filmmaking talent and championing voices underrepresented in screen storytelling. Executive Director of Script to Screen for eight years, Esther led the organisation through significant growth, creating and directing Big Screen Symposium and a number of high impact filmmaker development programmes including FilmUp and Story Camp Aotearoa.

Future Models of Creative Sector Governance

In collaboration with the Centre for Social Impact and Community Governance NZ , this initiative will see the facilitation of bespoke co-design workshops to develop future models of governance for the creative sector. Alongside this, Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi will work with the Centre for Social Impact and Community Governance to develop sector-specific governance tools, resources and knowledge.

This project will be led by Caren Rangi, Karinia Lee and Rose Hiha-Agnew

Caren Rangi
Caren Rangi is the Chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa. She is also a board member of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Radio New Zealand, director of Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Ltd and Pacific Inc, and Chair of Pacific Homecare Services.

Karinia Lee
Karinia Lee is an experienced chief executive and board member in the not-for-profit sector. A member of the Institute of Directors, Karinia is President and Board Member of YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand. She is currently Head of Centre at the Centre for Social Impact.

Rose Hiha-Agnew
Rose Hiha-Agnew Programme Director for Community Governance NZ. Our Collective Communities Leadership initiative will promote new models of governance through the development of several case studies, one of these case studies is a partnership with Community Governance NZ – Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi and Centre for Social Impact to co-design, facilitate and collaborate on what good governance models might look like for the Tāmaki Makaurau arts community.

Toi Māori Network

Since late 2020, Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi has been convening hui with Toi Māori practitioners across Tāmaki Makaurau to understand gaps and priority for capability development. This initiative will build on this foundation to continuing developing the Toi Māori Network and rolling out targeted capability development activities that respond to identified priorities of business model development, adaptation of models in the COVID environment while continuing integration of ngā toi Māori practices and tiaki taonga. It will also focus on succession planning for established Māori creative businesses and building career pathways for rangatahi Māori creatives.

This project will be led by Chantelle Whaiapu and Eynon Delamere

Chantelle Whaiapu
Chantelle is of Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri, Ngāti Raukawa, English and German whakapapa. Raised in Manurewa, Chantelle was influenced by the work of her whānau who were involved in key Māori community initiatives in South Auckland including Manurewa Marae, Toi o Manukau Arts Trust, and Taonga Teen Parent unit. She has held numerous arts and community development roles in local government and the not-for-profit sectors. Chantelle has previously held governance roles with Massive Theatre and Te Kaha o Te Rangatahi.

Eynon Delamere
Eynon is the Pou Hononga for Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi. Eynon hails from Te Whānau Ā Apanui, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Rongomai and Whakatōhea on his father’s side and Wales on his mother’s side. He has been part of the Auckland and national arts sector for over 30 years in various roles and is the Pou tikanga for Auckland Arts Festival. Eynon is currently chair of Hoani Waititi Marae and is the past chair of Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust. He runs a whānau consultancy business focused on building partnership with business / organisations and Māori.

Wellbeing Activation: Te Ora Auaha

This project will be delivered in collaboration with Te Ora Auaha Creative Wellbeing Alliance Aotearoa with support from Creative New Zealand. Te Ora Auaha is an alliance of organisations and practitioners committed to growing the role of the arts in enhancing community wellbeing. The work of the alliance is informed by research and supported by cross-disciplinary leadership. This project will deliver a series of webinars focused on building the capability of creatives to deliver, promote and advance arts, health and wellbeing practices. It will also support practitioners to share research and evidence of best practice regionally, nationally and internationally.

This project will be led by Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho

Members of the Te Ora Auaha alliance development group will work alongside Borni, with support from Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi.

Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho (Tūhoe, Te Arawa, Tuwharetoa) is an experienced producer, director, singer and actor. He is educated in the arts and health sectors and has leadership roles in both industries with a national and international published works to his credit. Borni works actively to help national organisations and artists build tools for self-sustainability resilience. Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi is collaborating with Borni on his Te Whakawhirinaki Kete project, an initiative to produce a national hauora and wellness resource to nourish the wellbeing of the creative community in Aotearoa.

Moana Oceania Sector Development

Lagi-Maama Academy & Consultancy has developed strong connections within and across the wider Moana Oceania creative communities. These connections have helped them to identify three areas of capability priorities that will be supported through this initiative:

firstly, working with a senior Fijian creative to get some of her works into the collections of a cultural institution here in Aotearoa or overseas;

secondly, dedicating some time-space to embedding the knowledge gathered through the ‘Arts’ of Moana Oceania and Tok Stori Tuesdays project within and across the work of Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi such as the work of its “Communities of Practice" group;

and thirdly, providing tailored support for some of our Moana Oceania creatives.

This project will be led by Lagi-Maama Academy & Consultancy

A cultural organisation based in Aotearoa New Zealand, set up by Toluma’anave Barbara Makuati-Afitu, of Samoan heritage, and Kolokesa Uafā Māhina-Tuai, of Tongan heritage. Toluma’anave has a background in stakeholder management and community engagement and Kolokesa in Art History, Social Anthropology and Museums and Heritage Studies.

“We mediate at the intersection of Indigenous communities and institutional settings to create a harmonious time-space by embedding different ways of knowing, seeing & doing.”

As an Academy we are involved in knowledge production by privileging our Indigenous ways of knowing and seeing, and as a Consultancy we implement by way of knowledge application through privileging our Indigenous ways of doing.

Backbone support: Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi

The network model involves a central backbone organisation (Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi) that enables connectivity and collaboration, evaluates impact, shares learning and best practice, creates and distributes open source resources, supports creatives to navigate and access the right type of capability support, and develops new initiatives as needed to address emergent regional capability needs.  


Adrian Field and Rachael Trotman will be working alongside the capability projects to capture outcomes and learning over the next 12 months. They will be working with the projects to build information gathering into their work, and sharing learning across the network through regular ako sessions.

Adrian and Rachael are part of the Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi associate network, and both have led a range of evaluation and research projects in the creative sector through their independent consultancies.

Illustration credits:  Isobel Joy Te Aho White and Cecelia Faumuina