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He Mana Toi Moehau Trust/Creative Coromandel launches new artist mentoring programme for Thames-Coromandel region.

pARTner Up Mentoring Programme
Applications are now open for Creative Coromandel’s new artist mentoring programme, pARTner Up, designed to help creatives in the Thames-Coromandel District take the next step in their arts career



He Mana Toi Moehau Trust/Creative Coromandel are excited to announce the launch of a new, much-needed art initiative for the Thames-Coromandel District/Hauraki rohe - the pARTner Up Mentoring Programme.  

With support and funding from Creative New Zealand’s Arts Continuity Grant, pARTner Up will connect creatives with experienced artist mentors, who between them hold a wealth of skills, knowledge and life experience, to help mentees take a significant step forward in their artistic careers. 

This coincides with the end of the COVID-19 lockdown and the ongoing need to sustain careers for artists, arts practitioners and technicians, groups and organisations. 

pARTner Up is a 9 month commitment but will be delivered in two phases. The first phase runs from 27 June 2020 to 30 September 2020. The second phase will run through from Oct 2020 to March 2021 with a break over December and January.

As the go-to organisation for everything arts and creativity related in the Thames-Coromandel District, Creative Coromandel is fully committed to supporting local creatives to reach their full potential. 

The Thames-Coromandel region, while a beautiful location to live and work, is also isolated and individual communities are remote. This can prove challenging for artists of all disciplines, who may not always have the opportunity to work alongside or learn from other artists in their field, nor find ways to gain exposure for their practice outside of their communities. 

Currently there is no artist mentoring programme in these regions, one which is responsive to the needs and aspirations of individual artists. 

To design this new initiative, Creative Coromandel drew inspiration from a similar mentoring initiative run in Northland in 2010, called ‘Crossing the Gap’ facilitated by Mary Britton under the Cultural Heritage and Arts Resource Trust (CHART), which has since transitioned into Creative Northland

They have also called on the expertise of Master Certified Coach and PapaAroha resident, Linley Rose, to facilitate the programme.  Linley is a globally qualified and experienced coach and mentor, with close to 10,000 hours of coaching clients and training coaches in many diverse industry groups. 

“We are looking for creatives who are strongly committed to developing their art practice and are willing to see the programme through from start to finish, explains Linley.

“Each creative will be paired with a mentor who will work with their mentee in the spirit of being their champion. The mentors will share their experiences and wisdom for success in the art world and encourage their mentee to step outside of their existing comfort zones”. 

Mentee’s will be inspired to set goals around developing an art practice that is financially sustainable, making their art more visible on a broader stage, resolving a creative block or finding their artistic ‘voice’ at a higher level.

“It’s of utmost importance to us that our creatives are supported and encouraged to engage in their artistic practice, and feel confident in their abilities to set and achieve long-term career goals,” says Jan Wright, Chair of He Mana Toi Moehau Trust/Creative Coromandel.  “But not everyone wants to make a living from the arts, so this programme is also for creatives who feel driven to become the best they can possibly be in their practice.

“We have amazing artistic talent in this region and several nationally and internationally acclaimed artists call The Coromandel home. The aim for pARTner Up is to share knowledge and inspiration which supports creatives to make that very personal, and often quite daunting, transition from ‘good’ to ‘great’.

“This is how the idea for pARTner Up came about. We realised a formal facilitation of mentee-mentor relationships was needed, a programme that was grounded in coaching and mentoring principles rather than arts techniques or skills”.

Mayor Sandra Goudie of the Thames-Coromandel District Council is extremely supportive of this initiative. 

“This mentoring programme will most certainly further enhance the richness of our district’s arts and creativity. TCDC supports the arts sector as a significant contributor to this district’s social wellbeing by providing opportunities for economic benefit for our residents through arts and culture tourism”. 

With the creative arts playing such a significant role in making the Coromandel Peninsula an attractive destination for domestic and international visitors, Creative Coromandel believes that pARTner Up will go a long way in strengthening the creative arts sector in this region. 

Our sincere thanks to Creative New Zealand and Thames-Coromandel District Council for their support. 


Further information: 

If you’re interested in applying for a space, either as a mentee or mentor, contact Kerryn Wakelin on to request an application form. Applications close Sunday 21 June, 5pm. For more information, visit Creative Coromandel’s website and follow them on Facebook

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Anusha Bhana on 


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Korimako Comms

10 Jun 2020

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