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Highlights from Engage Aotearoa’s Facebook Page

Here are some recent highlights from Engage Aotearoa’s Facebook page

Word Up! 2014: supporting our finest young poets, rappers, song-writers and comedians
Word Up! provides an opportunity for 13 – 20 year old singers, poets, rappers and comedians who write their own material to develop their craft and showcase their skills.

The Butterfly Diaries | Engage Aotearoa
The Butterfly Diaries is a creative book project sharing stories of hope and transformation from people who have made it through the experience of being suicidal. True, Kiwi stories of recovery as told by established writers in a variety of different forms.

Photography as a Balm for Mental Illness
An online gallery was created to provide a supportive community for photographers affected by mental illness.

18 Things You Should Never Say To Anxious People
“Don’t freak out, but….”

DHBs accused of underfunding NGO
People from more than 40 mental health and addictions NGOs have gathered at a public meeting to address political candidates.

Survey of Over 4,000 People Reveals Top 10 Depression Treatments
Most of us assume that medication is  go-to treatment option for depression. However, over 4,000 people believe other treatment options were of help.



Toi Ora Tutors Exhibition 5 Feb to 1 March 2013

Toi Ora proudly announces Indultus, a group exhibition from the people who facilitate the classes at Toi Ora – the tutors.  The exhibition encompasses visual art, word, photography and digital images.

indultus – Latin, verb – 1. be kind, 2. grant or bestow, 3. indulge

You are warmly invited to the exhibition opening on Tuesday 5 February at 5pm.

Indultus will run from 5 February to 1 March 2013

at Toi Ora Live Art Trust

6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn, AUCKLAND 1021

p:  09 360 4171  |  f:  09 360 4172

www.toiora.org.nz  |  www.fb.me/toiora

Photographic Exhibition from Germany Opens at Toi Ora on 1 Nov 2012

Toi Ora proudly invites you to “Portraits of a Town”, a photographic exhibition from Salzwedel, Germany, opening on Thursday 1 November 2012 at 5pm, at the Toi Ora Gallery in Grey Lynn.

“Portraits of a Town” is a group exhibition produced by GRIPS, a work and rehabilitation organisation, in collaboration with the Centre of Social Psychiatry, ZSP Salzwedel.  This exhibition is part of an exchange between Toi Ora and GRIPS – Toi Ora’s “A Day in the Life…” group show from 2011 is currently showing in ZSP Salzwedel.

This exhibition exchange celebrates unity in diversity – that people are not that different whether in Aotearoa or in Europe.

“Portraits of a Town” will run 1-23 November 2012.


6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn, AUCKLAND 1021

p:  09 360 4171  |  f:  09 360 4172

www.toiora.org.nz  |  www.fb.me/toiora

Rewi Alley Exibition Uxbridge Gallery Howisk 18 May – 7 June 2012

An exhibition of Photographs of Rewi Alley in China will be held at the Uxbridge Gallery, 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick, Auckland, from 18 May to 6 June 2012.


Rewi Alley is a compelling figure in New Zealand history being the most famous New Zealander in China.  He contributed perhaps more than any other foreigner to the Chinese revolution and is officially recognized by the Chinese government as “A Friend of China” –  a rare honour bestowed by China on foreigners.


2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and New Zealand.  As New Zealand’s links with China strengthen in contemporary times this exhibition memorializes Rewi Alley’s contribution to Sino-NZ friendship.


You may also be interested in the following programmes which the gallery are offering while this exhibition is on:


21st May – A Screening of the film – “Gung HO – Rewi Alley in China” – Uxbridge Gallery, 8.00pm (Please phone 5356467 to book)


2nd June – Insights into the Exhibition – Uxbridge Gallery 11.00am


Express Yourself: Youth Development Creative Arts.

Enrolments are now open for three new Express Yourself Youth Development creative arts courses for youth aged between 13 to18 who are experiencing mental health issues.

Toi Ora Live Art Trust are working together with Art Station and Auckland Council to bridge the gap for Auckland youth who come into contact with mental-health and other support services, with the exploration of creativity as a proven means to enhance youth development, recovery and maintain wellbeing. Participants will have the opportunity to participate, develop and communicate their artistic expression, in a supportive and structured environment.

The pilot programme is FREE.

Photography at Art Station in Term Two on Wednesdays May 2nd to June 6th.

Music at Toi Ora Live Art Trust and Screenprinting at Art Station in Term Three on Wednesdays July 25th to August 29th.  

  •  All courses start 3.45 to 6.15pm. ( This may change to 4pm. if required) and run on Wednesdays for six weeks.
  • Location: Art Station at 1 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby for The photography and screen-printing courses. Toi Ora Live Art Trust at 6 Putiki Street Grey Lynn for the Music course.
  • Contact erwin@toiora.org.nz for more information or call 09 360 4171.

Brave New Design.

  • with Ross Liew from Cut Collective 
  • at Artstation

Design and Print on T-shirts, Posters and more. This class will teach you how to transfer hand drawn or computer generated imagery on to t-shirts, posters etc using the technique of silkscreen printing. Be creative and make a statement with your t-shirts! All materials supplied.

Music Song writing and Recording 

  • at Toi Ora Live Art

A comprehensive and fun course in Music. A chance to explore your creative music style. Develop song writing techniques music composition and then get to record your achievements.

Frame Your World Photography Workshop

  • at Artstation
  • with Tanja Nola

Students will be introduced to the art, science and magic of black and white photography. You will be taking photos with pinhole cameras, making sun pictures and photograms with photographic paper and chemicals, and learning how to use equipment in the darkroom.

You will be encouraged to develop your personal interests, to see the world from your own point of view and to identify the things that are important to you. In this workshop students will discover their own way of making photographic images while learning new techniques and methods.