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Practical tools for creative spaces

This page has information for people working in creative spaces, wanting to set up a creative space in their community or looking for ways to promote your creative space and its artists. We welcome your feedback on the content and what you would like to see included. Please contact Kate Hiatt, Creative Spaces Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa (T: 04 802 4349 E:  

Creative New Zealand Community Arts Tool Kit

Community arts are created by, with and for a community. Creative New Zealand Community Arts Tool Kit: Keteparaha Mō Ngā Toi Hapori includes videos of New Zealanders sharing their experiences and what they've learned. There are also tip sheets, tools, and examples of successful projects and events to get you inspired. Visit Creative New Zealand's website 

Community Development Resource Kit

The Community Development Resource Kit is a comprehensive tool kit for community workers and other people working alongside community organisations. It covers the processes and information needed to set up and run community projects and groups.This information was updated on 17 October 2006 and is now permanently located on the CommunityNet Aotearoa website

Department of Internal Affairs

This community development page includes information about community-led development, and a list of publications and research reports.

Demonstrating the value of your work

Creative & INCredible Aotearoa aims to support artists and arts organisations to demonstrate the value of their work. Described as a basic 101 level resource, it helps you explore such things as gathering data and evidence; ways to tell stories about your work; and how to access support and links to further resources. It was created by Amber Walls and Rachael Trotman.

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Working for communities, Exult offers practical resources (free or at low cost) such as workshops, training courses, event management, marketing, networking and fundraising tools.

Freecycle Network

The Freecycle Network™ is a grassroots and entirely non-profit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about re-use and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers. Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box on the Freecycle homepage or by clicking on “Browse Groups” in its menu bar. There are more than 40 groups in New Zealand – from Invercargill, Gore and Wanaka through to Auckland, Whangarei and Kaipara. 

Managing volunteers

Volunteering New Zealand  is an association of volunteer centres, and national and regional organisations with a commitment to volunteering in Aotearoa New Zealand. Its website has best practice guides and 10 resources to support managers of volunteers.



Kate Hiatt
KATE HIATT - Creative Spaces Advisor | Kaiārahi a Toi Whakawātea Tangata
E: T: 04 802 4349. Kate works Monday to Thursday. More about Kate

Padman Naidu
PADMA NAIDU - Creative Spaces Advisor - Auckland | Kaiārahi a Toi Whakawātea Tangata - Tāmaki Makaurau
E: T: 04 802 4349. More about Padma

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