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Monday, 11 February 2019 14:01

C-U-S-P Newsletter 12 February 2019

Whāia e koe te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe, me he maunga teitei.

Pursue excellence - should you stumble, let it be to a lofty mountain.

Kia ora, Creative Community! Welcome to your weekly dose of creative opportunities - with a brand new heading: CUSP

CUSP is our mandate at Creative BOP: Connect, Upskill, Support, Promote. It is the guide for our intention as an organisation, and one we stand firmly behind. 

Henceforth, our weekly newsletter will feature creative opportunities, up-skilling, workshops, news, and information we think will advance our creative sector. 

Any events that you have coming up should be directed to, where they can be promoted on the Events page of our website, and through our social media platforms (Facebook and Instagram).

Thank you to our loyal subscribers - we're excited to share this development with you!

REVIEW: Tauranga Moana Waitangi Day Festival 2019

The Waitangi Day Festival was a great success - with 4000 people walking through the gate! We spent our day at the Historic Village, soaking in the sun, sweet music and culture. The crowd was wowed by Te Kapa Haka O Te Ranginui's afternoon performance.

The entry Koha to the festival was put towards supporting our local roopu in their journey to Wellington to compete in Te Matatini (Kapa Haka Nationals). 

You can view photos from the event here

UPSKILL: WIN TICKETS to Exult's Workshop: Raising Your Profile in the Community

When: Tuesday 19th March, 9:30am - 4pm
Where: Tauranga Coastguard, 72 Keith Allen Drive, Tauranga

  • Would you like to raise the profile of your organisation, but feel like you lack the time and budget to do it well?
  • Would you like to know how to make the most of your communication channels so that the time you spend is truly effective?

This workshop gives you loads of practical tools and strategies for raising your profile so that the community knows who you are, what you do and why you’re worthy of support. Lots of simple ideas that can be easily implemented in your organisation.

WIN! Creative BOP have 3 tickets to give away to this incredibly valuable workshop: just email with your creative organisation's name, and which aspect of your organisation's marketing you would like to strengthen. The winners will be drawn at 3pm, Thursday 14th March.

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UPSKILL: How To Price Your Event

Pricing an event can be stressful, walking the line between covering costs, profit margins and selling it out! A smart ticket pricing strategy is essential to driving a profit — but it’s not always easy to determine which approach is right. If you want some help on this... 

Download Eventbrite's guide to event pricing here

OPPORTUNITY: Envirohub Sustainable Art Challenge

Challenge runs: 1st February - 7th June 2019
Awards ceremony: Sunday 23rd June 2019

The Sustainable Art Challenge promotes awareness of environmental issues through art. Entries will be open to Intermediate and Secondary students, and adults/ Tertiary Students within Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty. The categories for this year’s challenge will be:

  • Trash to Fash – Wearable Art
  • Trash to Fash – Fashion
  • Short Movies

Entries will be judged on a combination of the following: Sustainability, Innovation, Creativity, Wearability, Stage Impact, Functionality.

Lock it in your diaries, spread the word, start making your creation(s)

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OPPORTUNITY: NZ Writers in the Mind Body Spirit Genre


For a book in the Mind Body Spirit genre, published between April 1 and March 31. Deadline is 31 March, in any given year.


For a manuscript in the Mind Body Spirit genre. Deadline is 31 March, in any given year.

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OPPORTUNITY: Creative NZ Funding & Development Opportunities

Creative NZ funding application closing dates are coming up - keep these on your radar:

  • International Art Fair Fund - Applications closing 15 February
  • Suffrage 125 Fund - Applications closing 15 February
  • Aotearoa delegation to FestPac 2020 - Applications closing 1 March
  • Fantastic Maori and Pasifika youth leadership opportunity at FestPac 2020 - Applications closing 1 March
  • Toi Rangitahi Participation Fund - Applications closing 1 March
  • Toi Rangitahi Engagement Fund - Applications closing 1 March
  • Toi Rangitahi Leadership Fund - Applications closing 1 March
  • Arts Grants - Applications closing 29 March

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OPPORTUNITY: Art Tutor Call Out - The Incubator Creative Hub

IDEA Services (Intellectual Disability Empowerment in Action) are seeking an art/design/craft tutor willing to koha some of their time to their initiative at The Incubator Creative Hub.

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COMMUNITY NEWS: Presenting the Atrium Gallery in Whakamarama!

A Community Venture for Creative People!

The Black Sheep Bar and Grill has long been a patron of local artists and artisans with their sponsorship and continued support of the Affordable Art and Artisan Fair. Now they are taking their support to the next level and creating a new space for local creatives to share their work. Atrium Gallery is a place to buy and sell local art and artisan products as well a space for workshops, concerts, and other creative events.

Join them at their grand opening this Saturday 16th February, 11am - 5pm at 21 Plummers Pt Road, Whakamarama. 

Check the gallery out here: Facebook / Instagram

COMMUNITY NEWS: Investment Mapping - Creative Bay of Plenty

Creative Bay of Plenty are pleased to announce that we are proceeding with the Investment Mapping implementation project to schedule.

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SUBSCRIBE: The Big Idea: Te Aria Nui - Newsletter

If you are a creative, an inbox must is The Big Idea newsletter for inspiration and education.

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READ ALL ABOUT IT: Local Arts & Culture Stories Making Headlines This Week

Beethoven’s Ode to Joy to be sung in te reo Maori - SunLive
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is to be part of a unique international project celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday next year, which will include school and youth choirs performing the composer’s famous Ode to Joy in te reo Maori.
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When machine learning, Twitter and te reo merge - SunLive
Researchers have whittled down a massive 8 million tweets, to a more manageable 1.3 million to look at how te reo Maori is being used in the genre.
Read article

Creating his own superhero - SunLive
He’s a young creative and a budding entrepreneur. He’s also self-published and soon to be on the shelves. Did we mention that he’s also nine-years-old?
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Mr G coming ’home’ for first solo exhibition - SunLive
Local and internationally recognised artist Graham Hoete’s first solo exhibition will be held in Tauranga in November.
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National Jazz Festival takes centre stage - SunLive
Jazz fans will be treated to six days of music and excitement in April, as the Bay comes alive for the National Jazz Festival Tauranga and the National Youth Jazz Competition.
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Large donation for Te Puna Quarry - SunLive
More than $10,000 has been yielded for the Te Puna Quarry.
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Partnership is the message on Waitangi Day - SunLive
Waitangi Day is a time to gather, reflect and improve on our partnerships says Waiariki Member of Parliment Tamati Coffey.
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Cabinet art theme under the sea - SunLive
Following the success of last year’s competition, Chorus together with Keep New Zealand Beautiful, the Creative Bay of Plenty and the Breeze radio, recently relaunched the cabinet art competition in Tauranga.
Read article

EVENTS: So many events coming up! See for yourself...

WORKSHOPS: No more excuses. The opportunities are there. Grab them!

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