He moemoeā ā mātou, a phrase deeply significant to Arts Access Aotearoa, encapsulates the collective dreams and vision of our organisation. It serves as a guiding principle, reminding us of our past achievements, future aspirations, and the importance of unity in our journey as Tiriti partners.

For Arts Access Aotearoa, He moemoeā ā mātou isn't just a phrase; it's a call to action. It represents our commitment to fostering inclusion, creativity, and accessibility in the arts. This concept was gifted by Cae Heke (Kaimanaaki), symbolising the collaborative spirit that underpins our work.

Meet Andy: artist, carver and activator

Andy Glanville is more than a talented artist and carver; he's a driving force behind Arts Access Aotearoa's initiatives in the arts in Corrections space, working alongside Neil Wallace, Arts in Corrections Advisor Kaiārahi A Toi Ara Poutama. As the Arts in Corrections Activator Whakahohe a Toi Ara Poutama, Andy’s focus is on building the professional standards and capabilities of arts practitioners working in this field through practical guides and resources. His passion for creativity and his dedication to our organisation's kaupapa make him an integral part of the team.

Crafting the vision: Andy's perspective

"When I found that piece of driftwood on Ōtaki beach, I felt that it had something special. I think it’s likely to be Tawa, a light smooth wood highly prized and believed to have protective properties.

"The concept of He moemoeā ā mātou resonated deeply with me. I wanted to show my support for this vision and contribute to our organisation's kaupapa in a creative and meaningful way. The carving itself was a journey from the beginning and that felt fitting and reflective of what He moemoeā ā mātou means to Arts Access Aotearoa.

"As well as the words themselves, there are several features with additional meaning within the carving. From the transition of night to day, symbolising our journey as an organisation, to the representation of Matariki and a sunrise marking new beginnings, so many elements of the carving add to its story.

"The inclusion of words like "Aloha" and "Arohanui" amidst a wave speaks to the connection between Aotearoa and Hawaiki, to the ocean, as well as the power of love and kindness.

As we gather in our meeting room, welcomed by this artwork, we are reminded of our collective vision and the importance of unity in our work as we continue to strive towards inclusion, accessibility, and creativity in the arts, guided by the principles of He moemoeā ā mātou.


He moemoeā ā mātou: A symbol of collective vision


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