Native Lab is a journey of personal and artistic discovery. As well as learning new skills, participants will explore Maori culture and identity, connect with mātauranga Māori (knowledge) and understand the value of being a kaitiaki (promoter and protector) of toi Māori (Māori art). Native Lab welcomes young people of all cultures and backgrounds, between the ages of 13 - 20. In addition to gaining new artistic skills and techniques, Native Lab students will gain a deeper understanding of themselves and Te Ao Māori (the Māori world).

This is a one off project for the Rangatahi to create, design and document an interactive artwork for Wesley Community Centre. There are 20 spots available at this free school holiday workshop. Professional Artists in Painting and Music will lead the program, with additional guest speakers lending their support as well. 


Tracey Tawhiao, visual artist
Dam Native, MC artist


September School Holidays Monday 26th – Wednesday 28th 2016, 10am – 4pm.



Day One

AM:     Talking circle, introductions, identify strengths and weaknesses, process plan that puts         people into their groups.
PM:      Form four groups 1. Painters 2. Writers 3. Photographers/Videographers 4. Musicians.         Once in their groups, a plan is created for each groups activities.

Day Two

AM:     Groups implement plan devised on day one. 
PM:     Continue creating.
This is the day we need all mentors to help produce the work and mentor the students activities.

Day Three

AM:     Each group completes their work. 
PM:     Gather and discuss pros and cons of the project which has been documented.

Upon completion, the artworks both painted and composed musically will become one as a semi permanent fixture in the Taurapanga Room at Wesley Community Centre. The photography and video documenting the program will be edited and the soundtrack that has been created will be dubbed over the top to become part of the artwork as well. This will  also be used to promote future Native Labs around other centres, and on social media. 
During Native Lab we will also be running the Kaitahi Kitchen program alongside it, which teaches participants the importance of good food and nourishment. This will also act as a way of involving Whanau to participate over the 3 day period and engage with their Rangatahi.

For more information, please contact Steve Hodge: ph: 09 620 5125 or email: