Kia haumaru te noho – be safe at home!

Lockdown is presenting us with challenges large and small, silly and serious – haircuts, DIY plumbing repairs, themed dinners, tidy-ups that began on Day 2 and haven’t finished yet, and now school is going back while everyone stays home! Great to see Suzy Cato back in front of our youngsters.

Meanwhile, our arts at home mission continues – we’re having fun doing it so hope you’re enjoying the results, feedback always welcome! Find all our posts here on the Tauranga Arts Festival website, remembering that the new ones appear at midday on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Here’s what’s coming up this week.

Monday, April 13:
An Easter gift just for you – a bundle of poetry! Tauranga poet Harold Jones explains why one of his favourite pieces of text – ‘The Shield of Achilles’ from Homer’s ‘Iliad’ – has resonance for our current situation.
And we’re posting the first of our Home-made Poetry videos:

  • Dr Siouxsie Wiles of Auckland University reads ‘The word as a means of communication’, written by Dr Glenn Colquhoun (Horowhenua)
  • Former NZ chess champion Bob Smith, who lives in Mt Maunganui, reads ‘Kiwitahi Way’, written by Bob Orr (Thames coast).
Wednesday, April 15:
Poet and youth clinic GP Glenn Colquhoun and David Galler, a veteran of Middlemore Hospital’s intensive care unit, talk about the language of caring, what’s broken about our health system and how working with people constantly surprises them. Replay from Escape! 2018.

Friday, April 17:
Lace up your virtual tramping boots and join Geoff Chapple on the Te Araroa Trail, a 3,000km route that runs the length of the country. Geoff has walked the entire trail himself and in this talk also walks us back through time. Replay from Escape! 2018.

Monday, April 20:
Tauranga photographer Kim Westerskov shares some of his Antarctica experiences as a reflection on an excerpt from the poem ‘Hoosh’ by Bill Manhire. (Hoosh being a 3-ingredient ‘stew’ made by polar explorers.)

Home-made Poetry continues with:
  • Tauranga garage owner Sandra Phillips reading ‘Little Red Car’, written by Elizabeth Smither (New Plymouth)
  • Waikato University chaplain Brother Andrew McKean reading ‘Evensong’ written by Leonard Lambert (raised in Tauranga, now of Napier).
Any queries or comments email And of course you’re very welcome to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share our posts with others.

For us to be able to keep bringing the arts to Tauranga in the long term we will need your support. While recognising that these are tough financial times for everyone. We thank you for your past support and hope you are able to remain part of our Festival whānau. Find out here how you can support us.

Kia kaha ki ā tātou!
The Team, Tauranga Arts Festival