Creative Patapatai Podcasts

Welcome to our Creative Patapatai podcasts, a project by Creative Bay of Plenty where we take a closer look at the people who make our region the creative wonderland that it is.

Arpége Taratoa’s exposure to the art world has been rich, her critical and creative thinking cultivated in her father’s studio. Having worked as the Māori Arts Intern for Creative BOP and Te Tuhi Mareikura Trust, and Creative Director for Wakatu Incorporation, Arpége brings a wealth of experience and passion to what she does.

Coni Flores is fittingly known as The Wanderer Photographer; she loves to explore natural landscapes to find her breathtaking shots. She also creates workshops for small groups or one-on-one settings, where she shares her knowledge on everything from long exposure to editing your photos. Her energy and positive mindset are infectious. Enjoy!

Filmmaker Micah Winiata sits down with filmmaker Louis Bolton to discuss Micah’s recent release TAIAO and the motivation behind the short film.⁠ Says Micah of TAIAO: “[The documentary] presents like a snapshot of a really unique time in my life; coming here, knowing my whakapapa, connecting back to New Zealand… it’s quite a journey.”⁠ Connection of two worlds is a theme throughout Micah’s film, including the soundtrack. Listen out for the blend of taonga puoro with a modern synthesizer. You can watch TAIAO at Kaponga Pictures.

Grace Windey is a sculptor first and foremost, but uses a wide range of media. That intersection and communication between the media she uses really defines the way she makes things, putting concept before medium in all her work. Grace uses language as the consistent thread in everything she makes. She dives deeper into this concept with filmmaker Louis Bolton. She also really loves pierogis. We know you’ll love getting to know this fascinating creative.

Artist Lynette Fisher loves nostalgia. She’s also over people whining about kids on devices. Find out why in this episode where Lynette chats to actor and guest interviewer Connor Johnston.

Photographer Jess Lowcher wears more than one creative hat. She chats the pros and cons of juggling these hats with actor and guest interviewer Connor Johnston in this episode.

James Ashcroft’s first feature Coming Home in the Dark turned heads in Hollywood, after his thriller received praise at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Actor and guest interviewer Connor Johnston caught up with James to chat storytelling, Dad-life, and the importance of collaboration and intention as a director.

Emerging curator and art historian, and Tauranga Art Gallery regular, Ellie Smith takes us on a dive 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… 

Meet local visual communicator and superstar Kendra Stone. She’s shooting all the images for our Creative Patapatai project and helping us tell dozens of creative stories, as well as taking on the role of project lead for this podcast. She’s also leading Venture Centre’s PoweringON Programme, enabling small and medium-sized local businesses to leverage digital tools to drive their objectives. In short, she’s a weapon.

In the first episode of this series, we’re chatting to film-maker and visual story-teller Louis Bolton. Louis migrated to Tauranga a few years ago. Keep listening to hear Louis talk about Nelson Mandela, Queen and Pearl Jam, and barbecue.