Cre­ative space for youth­ful ex­pres­sion

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

The South Waikato’s age­ing pop­u­la­tion means it’s not al­ways easy for youths to be able to ex­press them­selves.

The Ran­gatahi Cre­ative Arts Sum­mits, run through reg­is­tered char­i­ta­ble trust Trans­form Aotearoa, are aimed at chang­ing that in Pu­taruru.

Once a month free cre­ative arts sum­mits, which are sup­ported and funded by Trin­ity Lands, are be­ing held with knowl­edge­able lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional tu­tors teach­ing the likes of hip hop dance, po­etry, and mu­sic at Trans­form Aotearoa in Ti­rau St.

Co­or­di­na­tor Naomi Reese said the aim was to fa­cil­i­tate a space in which young peo­ple could learn, de­velop and ex­press them­selves.

‘‘Through the ve­hi­cle of cre­ativ­ity the aim is to es­tab­lish a pos­i­tive place of be­long­ing and to con­nect ran­gatahi (youth) with awe­some role mod­els,’’ she said.

‘‘Nau mai haere mai - all youth are wel­come. It doesn’t mat­ter if you’ve taken a cre­ative class be­fore, come learn and have fun with us in a friendly en­vi­ron­ment.’’

Reese, who has been or­gan­is­ing the cre­ative sum­mits since Novem­ber 2016, said sim­i­lar sum­mits are also hosted in Cam­bridge and at Whaka­ma­rama Marae near Te Awa­mutu.

She said feed­back has been noth­ing but pos­i­tive since they were launched.

‘‘At the last sum­mit we learnt the whakatauki (proverb) ‘He aha te mea nui i te ao? What is the most im­por­tant thing in the world? He tan­gata, he tana­gata, he tan­gata. It is peo­ple, It is peo­ple, it is peo­ple,’’ she said.

‘‘Feed­back heard at our de­brief at the end in­cluded that it was ‘‘fun’’, ‘‘I didn’t know I could write po­etry’’, ‘‘I learnt heaps of dance moves’’, that there was ‘‘good kai’’, ’’peo­ple are im­por­tant, I am im­por­tant’’ and ‘‘I want to come back next month’’.

She said the next cre­ative sum­mit will take place on Fe­bru­ary 11 from 10am un­til 3pm and will be a work­shop fea­tur­ing mu­sic and hip hop movement. There is also the added bonus of a free lunch.

‘‘We are are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing pos­i­tive op­por­tu­ni­ties for the young peo­ple of Pu­taruru in their lo­cal com­mu­nity,’’ she said.

‘‘It will be funnest place to be on Satur­day and we would love to jam, bust a move and hang out with you. Bring a friend, it’s free.’’

For more in­for­ma­tion visit face­book or trans­for­ and to reg­is­ter text 027 326 1701.


Ran­gatahi Cre­ative Arts Sum­mit co­or­di­na­tor Naomi Reese is all about help­ing South Waikato youths.

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