Creative Patapatai

Welcome to an ongoing project that celebrates Bay of Plenty artists, performers, producers, story-tellers, cultural leaders—and profiles the undeniably creative people around us…

Creative Bay of Plenty have established this new interview series to help you get to know some fascinating local painters, film-makers, dancers, photographers, poets, writers, musicians, and the friends and neighbours listed in our Creative Directory. Learn how they express our world, document and define who we are, celebrate sense of place, and build a diverse creative community in the Bay of Plenty.

– Are you an artist, performer, or producer in the Bay of Plenty? Want your own listing in our Creative Directory? Click below to begin your profile!

Louis Bolton

Film-maker and visual story-teller Louis Bolton migrated to Tauranga a few years ago. We sat down with him to talk Nelson Mandela, Queen and Pearl Jam, and barbecue. You can learn more about Louis by visiting his profile on our Creative Directory.

Kendra Stone

Meet Creative Bay of Plenty intern and local visual communicator, Kendra Stone. She’s shooting all the images for our Creative Patapatai project, and helping us tell dozens of creative stories. We spent time with Kendra and learned about Te Puna Quarry, her head-banging days, and why Brazil is on her mind.

Ellie Smith

Emerging curator and art historian, and Tauranga Art Gallery regular, Ellie Smith dives into the details of a typical day working with the visual arts, and why (in the time of Covid) she’s no longer planning anything with certainty…

Jolene James

Get to know Jolene James, local media personality and a bit of a creative legend. We sat down with our favourite Tauranga radio host to learn about Peter and the Wolf, her ongoing obsession with Kiwi band The Mockers, a first job as a school receptionist, and why you might find her on the Daisy Hardwick walkway.