Arts, Culture and Heritage

Art, music, theatre, literature, photography, film, design, even recording your family history in a creative way … there are so many ways to get creative.

Aroha Ngā Mokopuna

Kaumatua who work with children

Kaumātua offer up their time, experience and skills to tamariki at several schools in Hamilton.

The Aroha Ngā Mokopuna programme is about teaching children to garden, grow crops and eat healthily.

There have been unexpected benefits as the children now look out for their elders.

They are also interested in exploring their cultural identity.

Millenials and culture

Shanti Niwas children at tables with older people

The millenials are digital natives and at home in front of a screen so creating links with their culture and heritage can be difficult.

Shanti Niwas is a charitable trust which works with seniors who have Indian and South Asian backgrounds, and is now reaching out to millenials to link the two.

An inter-generational programme has seen teens teach online and mobile skills while grandmas impart their knitting and crochet expertise.

The youth have enjoyed listening to the stories while the seniors discover what the teens are up to.

Recording family history


Are you interested in your family history? So is Diana O’Brien, 74, a retired school teacher from Tauranga.

In this SuperSenior story, she shares her experiences in creating a number of projects for her own family, and the privilege she has in being a volunteer biographer for the local hospice.

Her projects include a book for family members where she and her twin sister (pictured right) independently recalled thier childhood memories.

"The result was interesting with most recollections being very similar, but some being quite different."

The art of calligraphy

Women enjoying calligraphy class

A group of Korean women gather together each week to pick up the lost art of calligraphy.

Some have not used a brush since they were in school.

They enjoy the challenge, the company, and being immersed again in their culture.

Take a walk down memory lane with NZ On Screen

NZ On Screen Content Director Irene Gardiner gives us an overview of what’s on offer in this treasure trove of New Zealand television, film and music video.

Screengrab of Foreign Fields

Festival fun at WOMAD

WOMAD attracts thousands of visitors to New Plymouth each year. The World of Music, Arts and Dance also caters for Seniors from special seating areas to complimentary bottles of water.

Why not unleash the inner festival goer.

WOMAD Michelle Hoffmans over 65's area 2010.