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

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.
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.
Ink, iron and everything in between: Graham Tipene’s wide influence
Artist Graham Tipene’s involvement in bringing the Māori world, te ao, to Tāmaki Makaurau has made him one of the most sought-after contributors to crown and council led projects.
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.