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 Hon Carmel Sepuloni at Māori Strategy Launch. Supplied
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A new national network has just been launched by Hon Carmel Sepuloni focussing on why culture and creativity is so important to the future health of Aotearoa. Alice Geary reports
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Alice Geary
Victor Rodger. Image via Victoria University Wellington
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Kate Powell dives into discomfort zone and lets us listen in on a conversation that is uncomfortable in its truth but not without hope for the future.
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Kate Powell
Shel We, pitched by Tupe Lualua
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Kate Powell reports in on Aotearoa’s most dynamic alternative conference for the arts.
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Kate Powell
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Georgie Bloomfield returns to Aotearoa to find it's changed
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Georgie Bloomfield
Abby Howells as HarleQueen, produced by Arcade Theatre Company
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An essential part of the arts ecology: Gareth McMillan on the importance of accessibility and supporting local talent in our regions.
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The Big Idea Editor
Kuki Koori. Courtesy the artists and CubaDupa
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Read The Big Ideas top 10 things to see and do next weekend (In partnership with CCAT)
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Alice Geary
Max Gimblett. Photography by Nigel King, White Door Event Photography
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One of Aotearoa’s sons came home to a heartfelt honouring of his talent. The Big Idea was there to celebrate a man guided by passion and compassion in his creative output.
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Kate Powell
Mourners outside the Wellington Islamic Centre. RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King. Nadia Elhajjaoui. RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King Wellington Islamic Centre. RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King. Flowers left at a cordon in Christchurch. RNZ / Dan Cook
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Prof Peter O’Connor: The arts will be the way we resist and claim back the spirit of who and what we might be as a nation.
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The Big Idea Editor
Marcos Luiz for Unsplash
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Lynnaire MacDonald offers 5 strategies that may help you to grow your audience and promote yourself
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The Big Idea Editor
Members of the band Cha Wa. Image supplied by the band
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Introducing the program for a festival like no other! (In partnership with CCAT)
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Emanuella de Ruiter