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Monday, 19 November 2018 09:12

What's On Newsletter 20 November 2018

STRATEGY: Arts & Culture Strategy Framework & Implementation

Follow us on Instagram @creative.bop and Instagram TV as we meet the people and organisations bringing the strategy to fruition.  



Our diverse cultural identities are celebrated. Local Māori Culture is a unique point of difference.

Lead agents: 

Tourism BOP - 1 Action
- Support audience development initiatives to strengthen our Tourism brand story.

Creative BOP - 1 Action
- Provide media advocacy on the value of Māori art, culture and language, and promote frameworks for inclusivity.

Iwi - 2 Actions
- Promote Māori art & culture internationally and locally including te reo Māori across the council, libraries, web, guidebooks and historic signage.
- Increase Tauranga Moana tangata whenua consultation across local government and the creative sector for more relevant cultural projects, Māori festivals, wānanga and to progress hauora/education/wellbeing.

Tauranga City Council & Western Bay District Council - 1 Action
- Use council advisory panels and community champions as a means to hear multicultural voices.

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NEWS: CBOP Is On The Move

“We are pleased to announce that Creative Bay of Plenty is moving offices as of the 7th of December, heading just down the road to the new purpose-built co-working space, The Kollective, on 17th Ave.

Why are you moving?

Simply, so we can better serve our sector and streamline the way our organisation works. As a small team, that covers a region from Waihi Beach to Maketu (and everything in between!) it is vital that we are engaging with our sector in the most effective way possible. In 2019, expect to see us on the road more, hosting in our new space and re-defining the way we conduct our consultations. The future is bright.

Our Focus:

All eyes and ears are on you. This year Creative Bay Of Plenty has been focused on our role as lead agent to deliver and support the Arts and Culture Strategy, Toi Moana, and our core mandate to Connect, Upskill, Support and Promote (CUSP) the arts and culture sector within the region.

We believe we will better deliver on initiatives by regularly meeting with the Creative Community face to face, allowing us to work with you, in your domain. This also means the team will work from hot-desks around the region, to ensure our services are more accessible to the community.

Why The Kollective?

The Kollective – nicknamed TK, is New Zealand's largest co-working space dedicated to the success of Not For Profit, Social Enterprise and Charitable Organisations.  The premise of TK is collaboration, increasing efficiencies, technical capability, sustainability and connection. Creative Bay of Plenty, in this environment, will continue growing from strength to strength.

We are excited about the opportunities to collaborate and build stronger relationships with other non-profit organisations and funding partners at The Kollective. We will have the opportunity to share resources, ideas and knowledge with the purpose of facilitating an environment where arts and culture thrives in our community.

How can we meet with Creative Bay of Plenty?

We love having our regular friendly faces drop by. But we realise that sometimes we both don’t get the most out of these visits, due to competing demands.

So that we can make the best use of our time together, we will be moving towards an appointment based service, just like many other small community and non-for profit organisations.

This means we can be prepared with the resources/connections on hand to help you with your unique needs. In 2019, you will be able to directly book time with us through our website. Until then, the normal email and phone calls are the best way to get in touch and make an appointment.

We are never too far away.   

What is happening with the community window space?

We are going to miss our community window display. We are however in the process of finding a new frontage for creatives which CBOP will continue to manage. We will keep you updated with the progress.

What about the office?

CBOP have a number of office items which need to be sold before the move. Click on the link for a list of available items and prices. Email with your enquiries on these.

Further questions?

Please email 



CBOP have a number of office items which need to be sold before the move. Click on the link for a list of available items and prices. Email with your enquiries on these.

UPSKILL: WIN TICKETS - Ace the Gram: Instagram for Beginners


When: Monday 26th November 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Where: Basestation, 148 Durham St, Tauranga

You can't ignore it: Instagram is here to stay and for Creatives, 'the gram' is an excellent way to get yourself out there and showcase your talents to the world.

We have 4 tickets to giveaway to the Ace The Gram - Instagram For Beginners. Tash and Viv are Instagram experts and their workshop is designed to help you get your Instagram account off the ground.

You will learn:

- Why Instagram is an important marketing tool for your business
- How to set up an Instagram account
- Instagram basics eg. writing your bio, storying, best posting and more
- How to use hashtags effectively
- How you can engage with your following to help it grow

To be in the draw, email us your Instagram account name and what you would like to learn about Instagram.

The winners will be drawn and notified on 22 November 2018.

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UPSKILL: Creative NZ Webinars for Arts & Cultural Organisations

These videos offer free access to live and recorded training sessions and practitioner interviews for arts organisations and individual creative practitioners. They will help you develop your marketing skills in line with current best practice.

There are three series of videos featuring a variety of presenters offering content and skills training for a range of experience levels. This year CreativeNZ's video series focuses on analytics.

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UPSKILL: 5 Ways Non-Profit Events Can Drive More Donations with Technology - EventBrite

You don’t need to have a flash or expensive website to make the most of current technology. If you’re looking for simple ideas to instantly boost your fundraising without eating into your event budget, download EventBrite's free tip sheet and discover five easy solutions that can drive more donations at your next event.

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WORKSHOP: Defining the Impact of your Social Enterprise at the Venture Centre

When: Tuesday 27th November 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Basestation, 148 Durham Street, Tauranga

Social enterprises are mission-driven organisations that measure their success by their positive impact.

Many find it a challenge to measure and communicate that change.

This workshop is for social enterprises (or those aspiring), transitioning not for profits or any impact focused organisation wanting to explore social enterprise.

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OPPORTUNITY: Call Out for Film Makers - Cult Cinema Club

Are you keen to see your film on the big screen? Cult Cinema Club are on the look out for indie short films to feature before their programmed films at their upcoming film season, so if you have a short film anywhere around 3 - 10 minutes, and are keen to see it on the big screen in front of a receptive cinematic audience, they'd love to hear from you! For further information you can contact them at:

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OPPORTUNITY: Call Out for Artists - 2018 Ending HIV Big Gay Out

Entries close 3rd December 2018

As part of the 2018 Ending HIV Big Gay Out, the NZ Aids Foundation are looking for a visual artist to create a temporary outdoor sculpture.

This will need to be engaging to New Zealand's rainbow community and fit into a space of approximately 3x3m. Other than that, this is a relatively open brief.

This will need to be installed at Coyle Park in Auckland on Saturday February 9th, for the Big Gay Out on Feb 10th.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Get your finances in order!

Staying on top of your finances is not an easy feat. But going under is much worse! Sam Grover shares some advice to keep your creative enterprise afloat.

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EVENT: Happy Birthday to the Affordable Art & Artisan Fair!

When: 25th November - 11am-3pm
Where: The Black Sheep Bar & Grill - 21 Plummers Pt Rd, Whakamarama

On November 25th a group of creatives from all over the Bay of Plenty and beyond will be part of a 1st birthday celebration for the Affordable Art & Artisan Fair in Whakamarama.

Artist Birgitt Shannon, the fair’s Event Coordinator, who has been involved since day one, said: "In the last year our numbers have doubled. We have become friends who look forward to spending the day together, sharing our ideas and creativity and I’m so proud of our dedicated team of volunteers who together work very hard to make the fair the success it is."

Each month the creatives have live music and raffles - this month for their birthday there will be party hats and decorations and they are raffling a delicious homemade cake, a voucher for an hour’s treatment by De La Vie at Mount Maunganui and a pinata filled with lollies.

The fair is held at The Black Sheep Bar & Grill, 21 Plummers Point Road, Whakamarama on the last Sunday of every month from 11am – 3pm. In December it will be held on Sunday 16th so people can buy those special gifts in time for Christmas.

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When: 25th November 2018 - 10am-3pm
Where: Tauranga Boys' College, Cameron Rd, Tauranga
Entry free

Want a great life in the Bay? Come along to the 2018 Tauranga Bay of Plenty Migrant Expo!

There will be over 50 community groups and service providers available to help make your dreams a reality, a one-stop shop to get useful information, advice and build your local connections.

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EXHIBITION: Shane Walker & Steve Graveson at Carlton Gallery, Katikati

When: 18th November - 2nd December
Where: Carlton Gallery - Arts Junction, Katikati

Shane Walker is an up and coming self-taught artist from the Bay of Plenty. He scales works of all sizes, ranging from 25 meter murals to petite quirky illustrations. 

Painting for Steve Graveson is very much a form of relaxation and low key hobby, a tool to help him unwind.  Steve has been painting murals and doing signage for many years but only started painting onto canvas about 12 years ago.  Steve loves using bold bright colours and uses a style that reflects those colours.  Most of Steve's work reflects the things that interest him like historical scenes or objects, our beautiful local coastal landscapes and of course New Zealand’s bird life.  A large percentage of Steve's work is by commission and many of his paintings and prints are hanging on walls all over New Zealand and overseas.

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READ ALL ABOUT IT: Local Arts & Culture Stories Making Headlines This Week

Greased Lightning in 17th Ave supermarket - SunLive
Laura Boucher cuts her own cloth – the newbie musical theatre director is not constrained by what has gone before her.
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Natalie Meredith wins designer of the year - SunLive
Natalie Meredith has won the prestigious BOP Area Floral Art Designer of the Year competition.
Read article

To market, to market - SunLive 
Summer is on its way, and so too are the multitude of markets the Western Bay has to offer.
Read article

Pukeko Kiwi and Hoiho take on new adventure - SunLive
Pūkeko, Kiwi and Hoiho are back in another delightful story illustrated and written by Papamoa's Rebecca Larsen, after their last adventure in her debut bestseller Row, row, row your waka.
Read article

EVENTS: So many events coming up. See For Yourself...

WORKSHOPS: No more excuses. The opportunities are there. Grab them!

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