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Tertiary leaders meet to understand future of Creative Industries sector

Unitec will host a Hui / Talanoa of tertiary education leaders in Auckland this week to explore future focused opportunities for the arts and creative industries in New Zealand.


Unitec will host a Hui/Talanoa of tertiary education leaders in Auckland this week to explore future focused opportunities for the arts and creative industries in New Zealand.

The impact of COVID on the arts in New Zealand and the reform of vocational education (ROVE) and its implications will be explored in the two-day discussion. The hui will be held from the 21st to the 22nd of April and aims to combine the expertise of tertiary educators across the country to collaboratively plan the future direction of the sector.

"It has become clear that long-term, sustainable solutions for education in the creative sector will only be achieved through a collaborative, national response," says Unitec's Head of the School of Creative Industries Dr Vanessa Byrnes. "As tertiary educators we face a unique opportunity to build and collaborate to ensure that cultural activity is thriving, has targeted funding and support, and has value that is clearly understood."

Dr Byrnes says given the excellent work that is currently being done by various initiatives and institutions around the country, it is clear that there is a renewed interest in the vision of a flourishing tertiary creative industries sector that serves the demand for creative activity, both within people’s lives and the creative commercial activities produced in the regions. ‘The future of creative industries needs people who are fully invested in it with great vision and desire for positive change, and the best place to start is with ourselves and our understandings of the creative ecosystem.’

"It is also becoming increasingly clear that there must be a substantial shift in the way in which tertiary providers engage with their key stakeholders, and that the desired outcomes will not be achieved by a ‘business-as-usual’ approach," Dr Byrnes explains. "Realising this vision presents the need to define our identity and mission across the creative industries tertiary sector, and along the way to gather both quantitative and qualitative data and insights. The primary aim is to provide an evidence base for good decision-making that is guided by the current emphasis on capability development by both industry and Government. We want creatives of all kinds to have thriving careers."

Dr Byrnes emphasised the need for diversity and bringing indigenous world views and values to the conversation, ensuring that Māori and Pasifika voices are at the centre, while also being aspirational and national in focus. The Hui/ Talanoa is likely the first of many and has been stood up between Unitec and Otago Polytechnic with the endorsement of WeCreate, the alliance of Aotearoa’s creative industries organisations.

Educators from New Zealand's leading tertiary education institutions will be in attendance with a number of industry guests and key stakeholders among the line-up of speakers.

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Unitec Institute of Technology

20 Apr 2021