News, views and interviews featuring some of the people who help make Tāmaki Makaurau a city alive with creativity.

Sealy the real deal
At a time where arts advocacy is at its most crucial, Kylie Sealy’s perfectly placed to support the artists of Tāmaki Makaurau.
Hail to the Kingi
Fresh from winning the 2020 Taite Music Prize, Troy Kingi tells us about his creative process and his ambitious musical project.
Hidden no longer
‘I feel seen, I feel heard. For the first time in my life I feel I belong.’ Black Creatives Aotearoa’s newest offering is providing a sense of belonging and self-value.
Māori Theatre in good hands
Te Pou Theatre co-founder Tainui Tukiwaho opens up on how the COVID-19 pandemic has offered new opportunities.
Dedication to Whānau and Mahi Paying Off for Maipi
Do yourself a favour. Don't try to give Te Arahi Maipi a label. One of the directors of the Indigenously inspired creative company Mahi Tahi, he’s spent most of his life indirectly thumbing his nose at those who tell him he can’t do something. Not as an act of defiance or rebellion, rather seizing an opportunity to be better, to be more.
The Inns and outs of the Auckland Arts Festival
David Inns, chief executive of Te Ahurei Toi O Tamaki Makaurau, the Auckland Arts Festival, on delivering an annual festival for Auckland, and New Zealand.
Hauora: Now More Than Ever
Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho’s skillset has never been more important to the arts than it is right now.
Ink, iron and everything in between
Artist Graham Tipene’s involvement in bringing the Māori world, te ao, to Tāmaki Makaurau has made him one of the most...
How do we research and understand the arts and wellbeing?
Auckland University’s Professor Peter O’Connor is intent on growing the connection between arts and culture in Aotearoa’s communities.