The focus of our mahi is to develop a stronger sector voice, build readiness for strategic collaboration, understand needs, and initiate and co-design projects that respond to regional priorities.

Our Strategy Activation process outlines how we work to enable: creative conversations; creative connections; creative leadership; capacity for impact; and creative investment partnerships.



We are building a collective approach to contemporary advocacy on the value and impact of creative arts on society.  This advocacy will create the foundation for
engaging and challenging the sector, and central and local government, to co-create a strategy to develop a stronger arts and culture ecosystem in Auckland, and Āotearoa.

This will see us work alongside organisations and individuals already involved in sector advocacy, including Auckland University, Creative New Zealand, and arts sector leaders.


Review: funders response to COVID-19  This review was commissioned by Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi to understand how funders are responding to the impact of COVID-19 on the arts.

Creative ecosystem: the COVID-19 journey  This simple infographic outlines the four likely stages of response to COVID-19 over the months ahead.

The arts of Moana Oceania

Lagi-Maama has been commissioned to carry out a scoping research that involves engaging directly with cultural experts from our living Moana Oceania communities (in Aotearoa and abroad) to find out how art is organised within and across all levels of their respective cultures. Of the 17 island nations identified in the 2013 census, 15 have the majority of their population living in Tāmaki Makaurau.

“There is currently a knowledge gap in the mainstream arts sector of a more cross-cultural approach and understanding around what art is. We are taking a more holistic approach in recognising that knowledge does not exist outside of cultures and languages, and that all three components are inseparable, where knowledge is composed within our cultures and communicated in our languages.”

Our intent is to be inclusive of the diverse knowledges and understandings of our wider Moana Oceania communities here in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Toluma‘anave Barbara Makuati-Afitu and Kolokesa U. Māhina-Tuai

Lagi-Maama Academy and Consultancy
The arts of Moana Oceania

Te Whakawhirinaki Kete - a hauora and wellness resource for the creative sector

Te Whakawhirinaki Kete is a sector wellbeing resource being developed under the leadership of Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho (Tūhoe, Te Arawa, Tuwharetoa).  Alongside his career as a producer, director, singer and actor, Borni has helped artists and arts organisations build tools for self-sustainability and resilience.

Te Whakawhirinaki Kete will offer the creative community a curated collection of online resources to help whānau navigate and strengthen their hauora and wellness. Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi is providing support for the research and development of this resource.

Taurima vibes Ltd website: https://www.taurimavibes.co.nz/

Capability building

Building the capability and capacity of the sector is a priority area of work for us.  Our legacy ART Venture capacity building programme has created an alumni of 80 creative entrepreneurs who know the sector and what is needed.  We will work with them and with sector leaders and other regional agencies to identify capacity and capability building needs, generate ideas and action for sector building capability initiatives.