This is Us - Workshops 

Members of Tauranga’s diverse cultural communities are invited to take part in storytelling and design workshops where you will be able to share the story of how you or your whanau came to live in New Zealand, and your hopes and desires for the future of Tauranga or New Zealand/Aotearoa.


These stories will form the basis for the design for you to decorate a hoe (paddle). One side of the hoe will tell a story of where you have come from and the other side, your hopes for the future.


You don’t need to be an artist – you just need to be committed to sharing your stories and to decorate a hoe with your stories to the best of your ability. You can work individually or as a family group.

The workshop will be held on Sunday 19 July from 9am to 3pm at The Incubator. The workshop will include a short walk to the wetlands, opposite The Historic Village, Kopurererua, where you will learn the history and cultural significance of this area. After this you will be invited to share stories of your own history and culture, followed by a short exercise in how to design your hoe. You can then take your hoe home to design and complete.

You will also need to attend the presentation workshop (on Sunday 2 August, 2020 from 9am to 1pm, at The Historic Village) where you will present your completed hoe to the group and talk about your design. This workshop will be videoed and your story will appear at the This is Us exhibition and on this website.​ Your completed hoe will be collected and will be shown in the exhibition at The Incubator opening in late August.

As numbers for the workshop are limited, please tell us a little about yourself and why you would like to be part of this project. Please also be aware of the commitments required for this workshop when completing the registration form below