‘Creativity in a time of crisis’, is a webinar that follows our Culture, Health and Wellbeing 2021 series. Our Kaiārahi Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho speaks with Eynon Delamere on the meaning and strength of taonga pūoro, Ryan Reynolds from Gap Filler on the power of creativity in restoring public trust through connecting people to place and Huia O’Sullivan from Ngā Rangatahi Toa around the methodologies within Te Ao Māori and the guidance of tikanga in their work. The conversations reflect the reality of our speakers’ experiences in Aotearoa over the last six weeks working amid pandemic restrictions.
Te Ora Auaha recently convened three sessions as part of the global 2021 International Culture, Health and Wellbeing conference. The conference was led by the UK Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance, it was fully digital making it possible for presenters from 30 different countries across the globe to connect and share practice, insights and research over three days.
Session one features a welcome from the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Hon. Carmel Sepuloni, followed by Riki Bennett and Eynon Delamere talking to the healing power of taonga pūoro and the idea of ngā toi being intrinsically part of the Māori lived experience.
Session two features Kim Morton from Ōtautahi Creative Spaces, Ciaran Fox from The Mental Health Foundation, Ryan Reynolds from Gap Filler, Hannah Wilson from Rekindle and Aaron Hapuku from University of Canterbury speaking to the work they are doing in Ōtautahi (Christchurch), using creativity as a pathway to adapt, connect and build back post-disaster.
Session three provides insights into Aotearoa’s rich body of youth arts practice which draws from western, indigenous Māori and Pacific Island world views and creative practices. Huia O’Sullivan shares the incredible work with young people at Ngā Rangatahi Toa in Auckland, Molly Mullen from the University of Auckland, and Amber Walls from Auckland Council share research from two different projects which focus on the practice environment, issues of funding and resourcing, and young people’s perspectives on how the arts uniquely promote their mental wellbeing.