Debbi has been practically and academically involved in the arts for many years. She has a Master of Philosophy, a Master of Fine Arts, a Bachelor of Arts-Social Science, and a Certificate in Maori Studies. She tutored at the former Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua for twenty-five years before her retirement in mid-2017. She variously taught printmaking, painting, art history/theory, and design.
Debbi believes CCS encourages democratic creativity. She is passionate about community art that “insinuates” its way into public places/spaces. To Debbi, all art practices are a kind of encounter, offering the potential to open up conceptual worlds between artists and viewers.
E raka te maui, e raka te katau
Each respective skill is valued
Tēnā rā koutou kua tae mai i runga i te kaupapa o te rā nei
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Ngongotahā te maunga
Ko Utuhina te awa
Ko Tamatekapua te whare tipuna
Ko Te Arawa te iwi
Ko Ngāti Whakaue te hapū
I tipu ake au ki te pā o Ohinemutu
Kei Tauranga moana au e noho ana i tēnei wā tōnu
Ko Brendan tōku hoa rangatira
Ko Cash rāua ko Charlie āku māhanga
Ko Nat tōku ingoa
Tēnā rā koutou katoa
Kia Ora Koutou
I am Natalie and am a huge Arts enthusiast. I felt it was time to give back and be part of this process in supporting the Arts from a Community level. I am humbled and grateful to be part of the Creative Schemes whanau and hope we can support you, to deliver and enhance the communities we live in through your craft.
Danny has twenty five years of artistic involvement and practice.
As a local business owner and art lover he has always been involved in the business side of art as well as the production of it.
Danny is one of the founding Trustees of The Incubator in Tauranga, and is a passionate supporter of the arts in the Bay of Plenty.
A busy mum of three boys, Monique spends her ‘free time’ involved in the community working on projects that enhance and create a sense of belonging for everyone. Monique has a particular interest in local performances and events, which she helps coordinate as a volunteer. She is also an elected member of Western Bay of Plenty District Council for the Te Puke Maketu Ward.