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Monday, 26 November 2018 08:32

What's On Newsletter 27 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.  


Tauranga and WBOP values and invests in arts and culture.

Lead agent:

Creative BOP - 2 Actions
- Provide advocacy and leadership on the Arts & Culture Strategy Implementation plan with annual monitoring and reporting.
- Develop a multi-year investment plan, with a framework for decision‐making, establishing baselines of current sector investment, along with an audit of hard/soft infrastructure, council governance arrangements, with future needs and gaps, and implementation partner agreements.

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WINDOW: Alex Miln

As the pieces started to arrive we could see that this window display was going to be very special. I remember seeing Alex Milns work a couple of years ago as his work was a finalist in the Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Awards and so was very excited to be seeing his work again.

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OPPORTUNITY: Call Out for Artists - Art of Ukulele

Registrations close 16th December

Register now to participate in the Art of Ukulele! To be part of this spectacular exhibition in the Incubator Gallery you will need to register and pay for your kits by the 16th December. The completed Ukuleles will need to be delivered to the Incubator between the 12th and 13th of February. The exhibition will launch on Saturday the 16th February in combination with the Incubator Gallery's 'Antimatter 2019". All Ukuleles must be exhibited in the exhibition. They may be NFS (not for sale). 10% commission will apply on sales (this is subject to GST). Once you pay for your registration the Incubator will let you know as soon as your kit-set is available for collection. 

Cost: $50 Includes registration fee and ukulele kit

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OPPORTUNITY: Pasifika Internship Program 2019

Applications close January 18, 2019 and selections will be made by early February 2019

Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust is thrilled to open applications for the sixth year of the Pasifika Internship Programme. The Programme is funded by Creative New Zealand and proudly delivered by Tautai to develop future Pacific arts managers and leaders, support Pacific arts infrastructure, and establish pathways for emerging Pacific practitioners to build their arts management skills.

Six internships are available to Pasifika arts practitioners across all disciplines that are keen to build their experience in arts administration. Tautai are now inviting applications from suitably qualified, hard-working, enthusiastic and determined people who are serious about forging a career in the arts.

The Internships are paid and will run for 20 weeks, working 40 hours a week. The 20 week placement needs to be completed before December 2019.

To apply, please email a cover letter and a CV to Anna-Louise at

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OPPORTUNITY: 2019 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

The New Zealand Book Awards Trust has announced that submissions are now open for the 2019 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, which recognise and celebrate the best books for young readers produced annually. Titles published between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 will be considered for the 2019 awards.

There are two submission dates. Publishers are asked to observe the guidelines for sending entries in two tranches, which are in place for ease of sending to judges.

Submissions for books published between 1 April 2018 and 30 November 2018 are now open and will close at 5pm on Thursday 13 December 2018. For books published between 1 December 2018 and 31 March 2019, submissions open on 14 December and will close at 5pm on Friday 22 February 2019.

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OPPORTUNITY: Harcourts Arts Challenge 2019

It's time to enter your artistic works into The Art Collective's popular Harcourt's Arts Challenge for 2019! This year they have three categories - 2D, 3D and the  Youth Awards. 

The Harcourts Arts - Big Arts Day out and the Arts Challenge will be held over two days - Thursday and Friday 10th and 11th January 2019 with a preview evening where you can enjoy refreshments and a live band on Wednesday 9th from 5.30pm to 7.30pm when the Judges decisions will be made and prizes handed out to the winners. (Tickets for this evening will be available from Harcourts and the Information Centre in December.)

The theme for this challenge is "Colours of Nature"

The aim of the Arts Collective Whangamata/Harcourts Art Challenge is to foster and encourage artists living and working in the Coromandel Peninsula. The competition is open to artists in Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Waikato.

The winning 3 prizes in each category are proudly donated by HARCOURTS WHANGAMATA. All the artworks are available for viewing and for sale during the "Big Arts Day Out" event.

The "Big Arts Day Out" will be held at the Memorial Hall, Port Road, Whangamata in conjunction with the Arts Collective/Harcourts Challenge. This will be preceded by a night of music, wine and nibbles on Wednesday 9 January, 5:30 - 7:30pm. Tickets will be available at the Information Centre and the Harcourts Whangamata office in December.

Awards for:
Supreme Winner from the top 2D and 3D - Trophy
1st Places from 2D and 3D - $500
2nd Places from 2D and 3D - $250
3rd Places from 2D and 3D - $100

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WORKSHOP: Level 2 Creative Writing at The Writing Incubator

When: 16, 23, 30 January, 6 & 13 February, 6 March (all Wednesdays, 6:30pm-9pm)
Where: 111 Cameron Rd, Tauranga

Writing is a solitary process, but to progress every writer needs a community. This course is meant for writers who are looking for feedback on their writing, who want to stretch their writing muscles into diverse directions.

Contact Hella on 027-4917670 or email for further information and to register.

Cost: $240 for the 6-week course

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: What are we fighting for?

Johanna Knox on all the reasons why art is a necessity, and not a luxurious extra.

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EVENT: TGA Take-Over

When: Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Where: The Station your Vinyl Destination, 52 Devonport Road, Tauranga, New Zealand 3110

Come and experience some of Tauranga's best retro Rap, HipHop & Funk with 2 local groups going head to head in this TGA Take-Over !

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

Western Bay Museum remembers those who served - SunLive
The true heart of war service is reflected in the current Western Bay Museum exhibition in Katikati to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day 1918.
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City centre to burst with Christmas creativity - SunLive
The city centre will be a hub of creativity this Christmas with more than 850 local artists and community members contributing to a unique Christmas experience in Tauranga.
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Majority vote in support of Whakatohea trust - SunLive
The result of the Whakatōhea vote on the future of its Treaty of Waitangi claims has been announced today, with majority support for the Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Claims Trust and its continued work to achieve a comprehensive settlement for all of Whakatōhea.
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Theatre Review: Vicar of Dibley - BOP Times
Tauranga audiences have shown their delight at the return of the Vicar of Dibley to Detour after a four-year absence.
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EVENTS: So many events coming up. See For Yourself...

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

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