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Vision unveiled for Te Puna Creative Quarter, Henderson

29 Nov 2023 09:49 | Amber Wakefield (Administrator)

Tātaki Auckland Unlimited and Te Kawerau ā Maki, a west Auckland-based iwi, are collaborating to strengthen and expand the region’s creative industries sector through the development of Te Puna Creative Quarter, Te Kōpua Henderson.

West Auckland’s Henderson is renowned for its pioneers and innovators. Harnessing this strength, Te Puna Creative Quarter will attract investment, talent and visitors. It will fuel innovation through imagination and be home to Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest community of creative industries and talent, uplifting the region’s mana as a global creative capital.

Te Kawerau ā Maki has gifted the name Te Puna to a vision and economic framework designed to enhance west Auckland as a hub of creative excellence. Puna are springs in the waterways of a tribe's lands. People came together by these waters to cleanse and connect.

Te Puna speaks to the history of Henderson, and the future of a new gathering place and wellspring of inspiration and connectivity. Te Puna Creative Quarter will be a circuit of creative industries linking Henderson village, Corban Estate Arts Centre and Auckland Film Studios in Henderson Valley. Radiating out like ripples, will be integrated services and education providers, to create pathways and opportunities for talent and ideas.

Te Puna Creative Quarter will celebrate the area's indigenous, pioneering and multicultural spirits. It will support a significant community of inspired storytellers and local artists and enable visitors to experience the power of indigenous identity and multi-cultural integrity as it harnesses technological innovation and human expression.

For more information contact:

Jasmine Millet, Head of Creative Industries, Tātaki Auckland Unlimited

Delwyn Corin, Principal Advisor Te Puna Creative Quarter, Tātaki Auckland Unlimited

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