Evelyn White with Whau The People’s Jody Mcmillan, preparing for another great Avondale-based arts festival in June

Presented by Whau The People arts collective, the fifth Whau Arts Festival will take place from June 15 to July 7 (ref poster p6). A wonderfully eclectic line-up, a highlight of the festival will be the day-long wānanga raranga kicking off its Matariki series on Saturday, 8 June 2019.

The Wānanga will be jointly led by Waipuia Teddy of Ngati Maniapoto who learnt under the guiding hands of her grand-Aunt Diggeress Te Kanawa and Dame Rangimārie Hetet. Her rōpū will be travelling to join her from all around the motu. The group will demonstrate traditional weaving skills, from extracting fibre from flax to korowai creation.

On the contemporary side of the spectrum is Avondale-based Evelyn White, facilitating a hands-on workshop to guide you through use of traditional methods and materials for creating your own cool, modern work.

The combined workshop will be held at All Goods, the collective’s new permanent space next to the Avondale Community Centre, behind the library. Residents will remember All Goods from its pop-up beginnings on the corner of Great North and Rosebank Roads in 2016.

Since 2014, Whau The People has brought interdisciplinary arts to Avondale and is focused on creating opportunities for local artists and residents to engage and participate.

“How this space is utilised will evolve over the months to come, depending on the needs of our creative communities,” says trustee, Jody Mcmillan. “Whether that be as an artist studio, exhibit space, or for meeting and connecting together, we are committed to supporting and presenting quality, interesting and relevant projects that are experimental and inclusive. It’s a great time for creative locals to get on board.”

Keep an eye open for the All Goods house-warming, drop in times and exciting June/July exhibitions, workshops and events to be announced soon. Meanwhile, get in touch at and register for the Wānanga Raranga now.

WHAT Wānanga Raranga

WHERE All Goods, 99 Great North Road, behind the library

WHEN Saturday, 8 June 2019, 10am-7pm, stay on for dinner and a movie (optional)


$40, materials and kai included. We have a number of fully funded spaces available, so please ask.