New Arts-Health Initiatives: Te Oro Arts Centre, Glen Innes

Kupenga Ora service have recently launched the new initiative of arts-based wellbeing programmes at Te Oro Performing Arts Centre in Glen Innes. With the assistance of an arts grant from Auckland Council, programmes are being held in the Glen Innes community on Thursdays and Fridays, offering the opportunity to discover the benefits of making a journey in visual arts or music, or both. Participants are invited to work in any practical medium to create their art story, for example, in painting, mixed-media or by digital means; and can gain assistance to bring their ideas into fruition at any level from beginners to advanced. There will be the possibility of taking part in making a group musical recording mid-year, and of exhibiting work in “Heroic Inspirations Exhibition: Nga Kaakano Whakamanawa” at Te Oro Performing Arts Centre in November.


Photo: (from left) Stacey Kendall, Marion Gordon-Flower and Neha Kaire of Kupenga Ora Team

The Kupenga Ora team of four have specialties in the arts from a Maori and Pacifika perspective, as well as contemporary fine arts and music, and in combination with health-related qualifications. They have a particular interest in bringing the opportunity to people who are isolated through unemployment, grief or health concerns. Finding social connection in a supportive, creative environment can bring about improved wellbeing, alongside of developing new skills in the arts and

transferrable skills towards employment. There will also be opportunities for people who are interested in project management and organisation to become involved on that level.



Photos: Neha Kaire and Emanita Aholelei, facilitators of Kupenga Ora Pacifka Arts Programme

Kupenga Ora offer programmes in other communities including Onehunga and Mt Albert, and with the assistance of Auckland Council, are in the process of developing performance groups in waiata ā-ringa and Pacifika dance, which will include South Auckland. The cultural dance approaches are made accessible for people who are at beginners’ level with a focus on ensuring that these are suitable for people who are affected by mental health conditions. The service sits within the umbrella of Kāhui Tū Kaha, a multi-service mental health NGO. For further information, please contact Marion Gordon-Flower, Service Manager – Kupenga Ora: email or mobile 027-7003123;