Author: Jen Hinitt

Since ancient times mankind has drawn in the sand as a means of navigation, territory establishment, religious ritual or just plain creative folly. These days, drawing or playing in the sand is more than just about creativity- there are also immeasurable health benefits. For starters, a...

Following the latest Rotorua Creative Communities Scheme funding round, a total of $24,465 was awarded to 16 arts projects across the Rotorua district. Creative Communities Rotorua Assessment Committee Chair Diana Beattie said the successful projects included craft, dance, music scholarships, arts events, cultural days, music and...

At time of writing, an iconic piece of public art is being created for our city. Standing an impressive 12m tall, the contemporary sculpture destined for the Hemo gorge roundabout will be the largest and arguably the most significant in Rotorua’s public art collection or...

We’ve always wanted to explore NZ’s forgotten highway – full of history and mystery, here was the perfect road trip for Easter weekend. “Careful up there” warned the checkout attendant as we loaded supplies in Stratford. “The roads are a little hairy in places,’ she went on...

It all started back in the1950’s when a young chimpanzee named Congo was handed a pencil and some paper - suddenly, a star was born. Congo went on to create some 400 works in a style labelled ‘lyrical abstract impressionism.’ Picasso and Salvador Dali were...

Have fun finding all the decorated power boxes and murals by following this map around central Rotorua! Click here or on the image below to download the map. Click on the Facebook icon below to share the map to your Facebook page.  ...

Last weekend’s Children’s day at the Redwoods event was a real success again. The numbers get bigger every year as families get along to enjoy ‘back to basics’ fun together in our natural environment. This is the 6th year I’ve been involved as co-organiser and helper...

Enter any plane, train, bus, waiting room or café these days and it’s surprising how many people have their eyes downward staring intently into smart phone screens. With modern digital devices and social media we’re all somehow able to hide in plain sight now -...

BULGARiAN HARMONiES ~ A Singing Workshop with TUi MAMAKi Learn some exquisite traditional songs from Bulgaria. Immerse yourself in the joy of singing with others! Learn by call and response, explore timbre, play with harmony/dissonance, delight in odd-meter rhythms and assimilate some exquisite ornamentation… SUNDAY 11th MAR ~ 10am-4:30pm Rotorua Little...

The world needs signs. Since the simple stone scratchings of ancient times, they’ve been our champions for safety, identity, navigation and persuasion. In years past, signs created to attract public patronage were often elaborate, full of character and bursting with artistic merit - especially in England...