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Insatiable Moon Movie Night | Hamilton

Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week 2014

A movie filmed in Auckland, NZ. This is a wonderful opportunity to see a film which not only opens a window of understanding into the world of people with a mental diagnosis, it is a chance to see a New Zealand film with artistic merit. The lead character in the film, Arthur, a psychiatric patient who believes he is the Second Son of God, is played by Rawiri Paratene (Whale Rider). 

Tues 7th October 2014 
At The Western Community Centre,
46 Hyde Street, Nawton Hamilton
6.00pm – 8.00pm 
(Movie time 100 mins) 
Rated (M) Drug use, offensive language and violence

GOLD COIN DONATION (includes nibbles)
The Western Community Centre 847-4873

More info here.

Keep Learning Art Exhibition | Wellington 6-12 October

Kites Trust are celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week (6th – 12th October) in Wellington with an exhibition of works that focus on this year’s theme; ‘Keep Learning’. Come to the opening at Vincents Gallery on Tuesday October 7th between 4pm and 6pm or drop in during business hours any day until Sunday the 12th. All welcome!


Great Big List of Events from Toi Ora

Toi Ora celebrates 2014 Mental Health Awareness Week
with workshops, exhibitions, and a concert!

  1. Printmaking Workshop, Toi Ora, Monday 6 October
  2. Creative Writing Workshop, Toi Ora, Monday 6 October
  3. IMAGINE exhibition opening, Toi Ora, 7-19 October
  4. Toi Ora October Gig, Ponsonby Baptist Church, Friday 10 October
  5. Corban Estate Arts Centre events: Let’s Talk About It, Thursday 9 October; Singular Visions exhibition, 8-12 October


  • Express Yourself enrollments for Term 4
  • Inaugural Outsider Art Fair, Britomart, 21-23 November

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Printmaking Workshop
Monday 6 October, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Toi Ora Live Art Trust, 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn

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Creative Writing and Spoken Word Workshop
Monday 6 October, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Toi Ora Live Art Trust, 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn
For further information and to book phone Toi Ora on 09 360 4171 or email info@toiora.org.nz.

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The Toi Ora Artists Collective proudly present IMAGINE.
These artists provide a unique framework that brings together a range eclectic imagery informed by life experience and translated into personal narrative through art. The artists use a range of media including painting, ceramics, photography, mixed media, creative writing and printmaking. The works are all connected through the strength of their individual experience and stories.  The collective are: Andrew Blythe, Helen Cross, Nikki Dixon, Matthew Farquhar, David Grierson, Tricia Hall, Juliet Jackson, Yolande Joe, James King, Toby King, Christine Mansford, Richard McConnochie, Paul Noffke, Maryann Savage, Joshua Kama Szabo, Bryan Slight, Patrick Te Ariki, Anita Whosoever, Louise Williams.
Toi Ora Gallery welcomes you to the opening on Tuesday 7 October 2014 at 5:30pm.

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The Annual Toi Ora October Gig
Friday 10 October from 7:00pm til late
Ponsonby Baptist Church, 43 Jervois Road, Ponsonby
This year’s line up includes: AJ Bell Band, Ruia Aperahama, Sergio Arellano, Gareth Edwards, Johnny Matteson Band, Jordan Rendell, Sam Yockney, Miller Christensen Yule.

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At Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson: Let’s Talk About It


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Express Yourself

The Term 4 Express Yourself youth arts programme is kicking off on the 17th of October and enrolments are open now.

Visit Toi Ora for more information, email xy@toiora.org.nz or phone (09) 360 4171.



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Inaugural Outsider Art Fair
Nathan Club, Britomart
21-23 November 2014

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6 Putiki Street
Grey Lynn

Mind and Body: Hearing Voices – A Cacophony of Creativity

Like Minds, Like Mine invite you to experience their unique interactive installation, called Hearing Voices: A Cacophony of Creativity.

The event is brought to you by Mind and Body Consultants with support from the Mental Health Foundation.

  • On: 9 October
  • From: 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • At: Mind & Body Consultants
    395A Manukau Road, Epsom
    Phone: 09 630 5909

Contact: Lisa Ducat
Email: lisa@mentalhealth.org.nz
Phone: 09 623 4810 x 807


Workshops for Mental Health Awareness Week | Auckland

For the first time, Mental Health Awareness Week (October 6-12) is featuring workshops to encourage the community to Keep Learning.

From raw food cooking, easy entertaining, terrarium making, printmaking, drawing and spoken word workshops, to a presentation on the Hauora community garden project and a film about food production and seed saving, there’s sure to be something that will take your fancy.

These Auckland-based workshops are being held by the Mental Health Foundation of NZ in conjunction with Nature’s Nutrition, New Zealand Woman’s Weekly, Studio One, Toi Ora Live Art Trust, Lot23, Hauora Garden Project and Nga Taonga Sound and Vision.

There are a range of workshops for both adults and children – perfect for the school holidays.

Any questions or enquiries, email joanne@mentalhealth.org.nz

Click here to find out more about the Auckland workshops. 

Visit the Nationwide Calendar of Events here. 

Mental Heath Foundation: List of Events on Mental Heath Awareness Week

When did you last learn something new? When we keep learning we tend to have better mental wellbeing, so we’ve put together a whole raft of ideas to help you and your family keep learning throughout your lifetime. 

The Mental Health Foundation have put together a list of events you can find during Mental Health Awareness Week 6-12 October 21014.

The events are all over the country and have a huge variety. Check them out and find somewhere to get involved. You can also submit your own events. Have fun!

AUT University: Living with Schizophrenia

AUT University invites you to celebrate World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2014 to highlight an important matter world-wide:

Living with Schizophrenia.

They’ll be the first in the world to be commemorating this date, so join them as they live-stream this special event to the rest of the globe.
The event is being held on the AUT North Campus. A great line-up of speakers will be present and this is also a great opportunity to network.

For more information contact AUT’s Northcote campus:
Address: 90 Akoranga Dr, Northcote, 0627
Phone: 09 921 9999

Natures Nutrition: Raw Food Workshop

Ever wondered how to create your own almond milk, kale chips or raw fudge?

Here is an opportunity for you to not only learn, but also get healthy!

In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week, the Mental Health Foundation, in conjunction with the Healthy Kitchen and Nature’s Nutrition, is hosting a two-hour raw food workshop on Sunday, October 12 at 11.00am.

Debbie, a clinical nutritionist, will demonstrate a host of recipes including raw juices, smoothies, nut milk, kale chips, enzyme-rich raw salads and diabetic-friendly raw chocolate and raw fudge slice.

For a special price of $35 you will have the opportunity to try all food that is prepared, plus walk away with a wealth of knowledge and a comprehensive pack of raw food recipes to try at home.

The workshop will be held at the Mental Health Foundation in Mt Eden.

Contact: Natures Nutrition

Phone: (09) 537 2278

Community Garden talk and Movie Screening

The Mental Health Foundation, in conjunction with the Film Archive, Lot23 and Hauora Garden of Health and Happiness project, will be showing The Neglected Miracle – a feature length documentary looking at how developed nations are exploiting poorer countries for access to their wild plants and superficially plant genetics. The film raises questions about the stewardship and ownership of plants, and raises questions about the rights and role of corporations in developing plants genetically.

Prior to the screening, A.D. Schierning will be speaking about the Hauora Garden project. The project is a collaboration between artists A.DSchiErning and Richard Orjis. Come along to find out more.

The screening will be held on the 7th of October at Lot 23, 23 Minne Street, Eden Terrace, Auckland. Doors open from 5.15pm for a 6pm start. Entry is by koha.

For more information call the Mental Health Foundation on (09) 623 4810 or joanne@mentalhealth.org.nz


Hearing Voices Network: Wonderful Ways for Wellbeing

The Hearing Voices Network is a group whose intentions are to provide a better understanding of what it is like to hear voices and have visions, to reduce stigma around the experience and provide practical advice and research about it.  They would like to encourage contributions to a community for those that hear voices.

HVN are hosting an event where other organisations from a broad spectrum of backgrounds can put up a stand and you can ask them questions about how their organisation can help with hearing voices and wellbeing in general. The stands range from homeopathy and herbal medicine, through art and creativity, to different kinds of therapies.

For more information visit their website.

WHEN: 10am to 3.30pm on Saturday 13th September
WHERE: Grey Lynn Library Hall, 474 Great North Road, Grey Lynn