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Toi Ora Performing Arts Group Wins Awards for Short Films

After some years of working their craft the Toi Ora Live Art Trust’s Performing Arts group have come up trumps with two out of their four entries winning awards at the 48th Annual WorldFest International Film Festival in Houston.

With over 4700 entries and just 15% of entries receiving awards, they entered in the Dark Comedy category and won a Silver Remi Award for “Walter out of the Blue” and a Bronze Remi Award for “Walter Satyricon”

Congratulations to the Performing Arts group for this brilliant success and a big thanks to the support from our tutors Stephen Ure, Mick Innes and Greg Callinan,” says Toi Ora director Erwin van Asbeck, “The team kept working away at their ideas and kept it light with obvious humour and fun. Well done, onwards and upwards, you never know what lies round the corner.”

Toi Ora ‘Outsider Art’ Exhibition

Mark your calendars for Toi Ora’s Outsider Art exhibition opening on Tuesday 10 March 2015.

Toi Ora Live Art Trust is a unique shared creative space in the heart of Auckland city where people can find support for their mental health and well-being.  Toi Ora Live Art Trust provides an array of visual arts, writing, music and recording classes and workshops that are tutored by professional practitioners with experience and/or an understanding of the issues surrounding mental health.

Studio space is available for people wishing to work on individual or collaborative projects. A range of art materials and resources are available. Members are able to explore their creative ideas and potential in this supported environment.

If you would like to know more about Toi Ora click here.

If you would like to see our artists and their work click here.

The ‘Outsider Art’ exhibition will feature art from outside the boundaries of official culture. It will run from 10th March to 30 April at Toi Ora Gallery, 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn.

Contact: Faye: faye@toiora.org.nz; or Erwin: erwin@toiora.org.nz
Phone: 09 360 4171

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. 

Enrolments Open for Toi Ora’s Express Yourself Creative Youth Wellbeing Projects

It’s almost term 4 and recruitment time again for Toi Ora’s Express Yourself Creative Youth Wellbeing projects.

WHAT: An inspirational mix of spoken word, visual arts and music

FOR: 14-16 year olds

VENUE: Glen Innes Family Centre, 122 Elstree Ave, Glen Innes.

WHEN: Thursdays 24 Oct – 18 Dec (9 weeks)

TIME: 3.30- 6pm (3.30 chat and catch up, workshop starts 4pm)

Don’t know Express Yourself yet? Express Yourself is a FREE multi-media arts experience for young people facing challenges in their lives. This exciting and innovative project helps participants to develop new interests and skills, grow in confidence and motivation, strengthen relationships and connections with peers and community, and … well express themself!

Check it out on youtube 

Please take time to pass on this valuable opportunity to colleagues/ services/ young people who would benefit. Fliers, enrolment forms and information sheets are attached.

Transport is not provided so please ensure that registered participants have the necessary support to attend projects.

NB. Toi Ora also has projects in Mt Roskill (age 14-16) and Grey Lynn (17-24).

For further enquires please contact

Amber Walls
Express Yourself Programme Manager
Toi Ora Live Art Trust
6 Putiki St. Grey Lynn. Auckland.
Ph. 3604171 0220 709186

Fiesta In The Park | Free Public Event: 12 OCT 2013, Auckland

The 3rd Biennial Fiesta in the Park at Western Park in Ponsonby on the 12th of October 2013.  

This years theme is CONNECT: wellbeing through connection.

In celebration of Mental Health Awareness events across the globe Fiesta in the Park welcomes Sola Rosa to the Fiesta and are joined by old friends Jan Hellreigel, Emma Paki, SINA, Sam RB, The Desotos, Mike Chunn & Play it Strange, Gareth Edwards, Miller Yule, and Ash Graham.  Spoken word poetry by The Literatti, and dance by Touch Compass.  Feast on deliciousness from the Paella Pan, Gourmet Shuttle, Banger Boys and a little sweet from the Donut Dudes to go with your Coffee Guy coffee or Nitro Juice.

Join in the art and fun activities including yoga, clown performers ZIG n ZAG and Circus in a Flash. The Fiesta celebrates Auckland’s rich diversity and culture.

This year you can join in the celebrations and participate, with the Fiesta hosting a moving image digital artwork screen, themed around community connection and wellbeing.  Toi Ora Live Art Trust are putting a call out for contributions of images, text, poetry, drawings, photos, what ever you like.

Email them to toioradigital@gmail.com


  • On: Saturday 12th October. (Rain day:  Sunday 13th)
  • At: Western Park.  Ponsonby Rd.
  • From: 12 to 7pm.

Express Yourself Youth Creative Arts project 2013 Term 3

Toi Ora Live Art Trust launched the Express Yourself Youth Creative Arts project this term at Ruapotaka marae in Glen Innes and will launch at the Wesley Centre/Youth Zone  next term.

Express Yourself is a FREE multi-media arts experience for young people facing challenges in their lives. This exciting an innovative project helps students to develop new interests and skills. Through the creative process young people have gained awareness of their personal strengths, and have grown in confidence and motivation.

The Express Yourself programme is a multi arts approach to engage young people, and delivers courses for two age groups, 14 to 17 and 17 to 25.

Presently courses that engage 14 to 17 year olds are delivered after school and run over two terms.  Express Yourself Courses typically start with an introduction showcase to the community/schools followed by a term of multi arts taster sessions and an in-depth creative arts project the following term.

  • VENUE: Express Yourself  at the Wesley Centre/Youth Zone. 740 Sandringham Rd. Extn. Mt. Roskill.
  • WHEN:  “Taster’ Term 3.  Wednesdays 31 July to 25th September. Term 4. Wednesdays 16th October to 18th December. 2013.
  • TIME:     4 – 6pm.

Link to Express Yourself Showcase   http://youtu.be/zt4f4CYxjNI


For further enquires please contact

Erwin van Asbeck
Toi Ora Live Art Trust
6 Putiki St. Grey Lynn.
Ph. 3604171 / 021 1419555


Express Yourself Creative Youth Development Course in Glen Innes Starts 7 May 2013

Toi Ora is proud to announce the launch of the Express Yourself Creative Youth Development course in Glen Innes for youth aged between 14 to16 in support of emotional health and wellbeing.

The course will be held at Ruapotaka Marae , the first “Taster” component starting on Tuesday 7th May to 9th July, followed by an in depth module in term 3.

Express Yourself will expand to accommodate a broader age range and arts practice in response to needs.

Please pass on to colleagues/services that have young people who would benefit from this creative arts project that live in or near Glen Innes.

As transport is not provided please ensure that registered students have the necessary support.

For further enquiries please get in touch with Erwin van Asbeck, Manager of  Toi Ora Live Art Trust

  • erwin@toiora.org.nz
  • 6 Putiki St, Grey Lynn,  Auckland.
  • Ph. 3604171
  • 021 1419555
  • www.toiora.org.nz

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

Andrew Blythe Radio Interview 11 Dec 2012

Toi Ora Live Arts Trust demonstrates the power of creativity for mental health recovery, and culminated 2012 with long time Toi Ora artist Andrew Blythe winning the Attitude Artistic Achievement Award this month. Hear from Andrew and others about the power of creativity on Take It From Us on Tuesday 11 December at 12:30.

Listen live on 104.6FM at 12.30pm every Tuesday or online www.planetaudio.org.nz

OR if you missed the broadcast, listen for the next seven days @: www.planetaudio.org.nz/takeitfromus

Catch up on the last four shows online: www.likeminds.org.nz

And don’t forget our new Facebook page @ Facebook.com and type take it from us in the search box;

email takeitfromus@mail.com for any feedback and comment/suggestions for shows.

AttitudeTV Awards Promote Contributions made by New Zealanders Living with Disability


Andrew Blythe wins AttitudeTV Artistic Achievement Award.

Auckland artist Andrew Blythe has won the Attitude Artistic Achievement Award 2012, announced last night at a black tie gala evening at Auckland’s Viaduct Events Centre.

Since 2000, Andrew’s passion for painting has been supported by Toi Ora Live Art Trust, a creative space (community arts centre) in Grey Lynn, Auckland. Toi Ora provides studio space and tuition for people who have experienced mental illness.

“We were thrilled that Andrew won this award,” says Erwin van Asbeck, Director, Toi Ora Live Art Trust. “This caps off an amazing year where he’s had a lot of national and international exposure. Now, we’re looking forward to Andrew’s next show at the Tim Melville Gallery in the first half of 2013.”

In July, Andrew was highly commended in Arts Access Aotearoa’s Big ‘A’ Artistic Achievement Award 2012. Through his art and with the support of Toi Ora, Andrew has found a way to keep well. His art is a full-time job and he has been exhibiting his works over the past nine years in numerous group shows, as well as two solo shows in at Satellite Gallery and at the Tim Melville Gallery, both in Auckland.

He was also one of the artists with work in Arts Access Aotearoa’s “Original Voices” exhibition, on at the Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures in Porirua, in September. With Stuart Shepherd, his paintings have been shown in Paris, at the New York Outsider Art Fair, and at the MADmusée in Liège, Belgium in August and September this year. Most recently, his work featured at the Darren Knight Gallery in Sydney.


Stuart says “His work is extremely consistent and assured, and he seems to have an intuitive radar that guides his composition. Andrew contributes to the international language of abstraction.” Erwin says that Andrew’s work has developed hugely since he’s been coming to Toi Ora. “His wellness has also flourished to the point where he is living independently.”

Other Attitude Award recipients are Erin Gough (Youth Award), Neelusha Memon (Courage in Sport), Adam Hall (Sport Performer),  Sir Murray Halberg (Hall of Fame Inductee), Invacare (Attitude ACC Employer Award) and Nola Burgess, who won the Attitude Making a Difference Award. Sharon Davies won the Spirit of Attitude Award and Attitude ACC Supreme Award, heading off strong competition from more than 20 other national finalists.

The Attitude Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of New Zealanders living with a disability and have grown out of the Attitude TV series, which screens on TV ONE on Sunday mornings. “The prime objective of the Attitude Awards is to create more awareness and consideration of the contributions made by New Zealanders living with disability,” Robyn says.

ACC is proud to be principal sponsor of the Awards. Ralph Stewart, ACC Chief Executive, says: “The recipients of this year’s Attitude Awards have pursued life with a positive attitude, strength and determination. They demonstrate that with ambition and the right support it’s possible for anyone to achieve their goals, regardless of the obstacles they face along the way.”

Full list of winners and locations:

Attitude ACC Supreme Award and Spirit of Attitude Award

  • Sharon Davies;  Swanson, Auckland

Attitude Hall of Fame Inductee

  • Sir Murray Halberg; Auckland

Attitude Sports Performer Award

  • Adam Hall; Wanaka

Attitude Courage in Sport Award

  • Neelusha Memon; Wellington

Attitude ACC Employer Award

  • Invacare;  Mt Wellington, Auckland

Attitude Youth Award

  • Erin Gough; Christchurch

Attitude Artistic Achievement Award

  • Andrew Blythe; Sandringham, Auckland

Attitude Making a Difference Award

  • Nola Burgess; Gisborne

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For more information contact:

Helen Johnson, Project Manager- The Attitude Awards