Whau Zine of School Holiday Art

At our winter Whau Holiday Art Programme, 9-13 year olds embarked on an immersive journey to explore the histories and ecologies of Te Wai o Whau (Whau River). They also developed new creative skills and met new friends.

Guided by their curiousity, students wandered along the river’s edge collecting objects. They observed the dance of the tides and returned brimming with inspiration to craft individual artworks.

Whau Zine

The children’s creations merged to form the Whau Zine, a testament to their imaginative talents and connection with our natural world.

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Kids getting arty

Adults being creative

Meet our artists who led the programme!

Annah McMillan

“Kia ora! Ko Annah ahau. I am an early childhood teacher, sailor and a fan of all things arty. I loved working with the kids and creating something really cool.”

Deahne Stone

“I’m Deahne. People call me D. I’m from Avondale but I’m lucky to be able to work with tamariki making art and creating change in schools around the West. I LOVE creativity, art and making things and I was super excited for us to get creating together.”

Janet Lilo and Jody Yawa McMillan

Whau the People coordinated the programme, supporting the artists and students as needed.

Loreal Hettig

“Kia ora! Ko Lori ahau. I am a creative tutu that is based in Kirikiriroa but I was born and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau out West. I love everything to do with arts community, culture and that magnetic feeling of connection it brings”.


Lori, with tautoko from Atarangi Anderson, crafted a karakia for our week together.

Karakia mo tēnei Whau Wānanga

Tukuna ki a Tangaroa i to matou mahi ki te taha o te awa Whau.

He orokohanganga te mauri o Papatūānuku raua ko Ranginui.

Tono ki te whenua, ki te hau kia ngaro mai te rangi i runga i a tātou.

Whakawhitiwhiti, whakarauika!
Tīhei mauri ora!

Photos we took along our journey

About this event

Date10th to 14th July, 2023
LocationTe Atatu Boating Club, Te Atatū South
Type of eventSchool holiday programme (Arts)
SchoolsArahoe Primary School, Avondale Intermediate School, Blockhouse Bay Intermediate School, Browns Bay School, Dairy Flat Primary School, Flanshaw Primary, Freyberg Community School, Henderson Primary School, Hobsonville School, Kaurilands School, Lincoln Heights School, Marina View School, New Lynn School, Owairaka Primary School, Pasadena Intermediate School, Rangeview Intermediate School, SDA Adventist School, St Dominic’s Catholic Primary School, Summerland Primary School and Westmere Primary School – Ngā Uri o Ngā Iwi.

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