Combining her Samoan, Tongan and Maori heritage, the songstress delivers a rich tapestry
of soul that has seen her spend the last decade working with Kiwi icons Don McGlashan,
Dave Dobbyn, Hollie Smith, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Tina Cross and Nathan Haines.
Bella has earned three nominations for Best Female Vocalist at the Pacific Music
Awards and travelled the globe, performing at the world famous Glastonbury Festival
and the City of London Festival
She will make you laugh, cry and long for more.
Recent review comment “Kalolo was a most relaxed performer and obviously very much
at home with her stunning musicians, Soul Symphony, who had a marvellous funk sound
that added superb colour throughout the evening. Just Brilliant!”
Things have changed recently in the arts funding scene, but as far as we are concerned,
not for the better.
Community Arts Councils have traditionally held funds to distribute to local people
to help them with local arts related activities which involve community participation.
Since the start of the Creative Communities scheme about ten years ago, the community
arts councils in the Far North District have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with
the District Council as part of its Creative Communities Committee. This committee,
made up of representatives from each of the CACs along with Council and iwi representatives,
has regularly distributed arts funding to CACs to deliver at the community level
for small projects, as well as funding larger community projects across the district.
This system has worked very well, with communities having the opportunity to access
small amounts of funding quickly for a project from their local CAC, or more substantial
amounts from the committee with more forward planning.
Creative NZ has recently advised the territorial authorities that they must have
no more than four “funding rounds” each year. Any meeting where funding is potentially
allocated is regarded as a funding round. This includes the meetings of organisations
such as SHCAC. The effect of this ruling is that the community arts councils (including
SHCAC) will no longer have funds to make available for local initiatives.
So if you are seeking funds to undertake an arts related project, or host an event
that you think will involve and interest people in your local community, you now
need to apply to the quarterly funding round of the Creative Communities Committee,
administered by FNDC. Details and application forms are available on the FNDC website,
We are a small group of volunteers who work with the Creative Communities Committee
of the Far North District Council to distribute and use Creative NZ community arts
funding to achieve our mission.
We usually host around six events a year, and try to bring an interesting mix of
musical types, drama and some comedy.
We work informally as a group, meeting on an ad hoc basis as we are all busy people;
Chrissie Williams is our treasurer.
We maintain an email list to notify people when we have an event coming up, and will
also forward information about some events that are local and arts-related that may
also interest our audience. If you would like to be on our mailing list to receive
these notifications, contact Chrissie.
Rupa Maitra, violin, and Owen Moriarty, guitar, formed Duo Tapas with the aim of
performing a wide range of music written for this beautiful combination of instruments.
Duo Tapas’ repertoire demonstrates prominent folk and nationalistic elements and
has wide audience appeal.
In 2012 they released their debut album, Da Chara under the Ode label, featuring
works by Anthony Ritchie, Ian Krouse, Almer Imamovic and Ciprian Porumbescu.
Recent review comments“… the whole recital proved a delight, thanks to composers
who knew their business and players who absolutely knew theirs.”
“Together, they perform as Duo Tapas and their music gives one renewed appreciation
of the beauty of melody and purity of tone.”
“… an excellent way to end a very agreeable recital by excellent, skilled musicians.”
Complete with wedding dress and cobwebs! With Helen Moulder as Claudia. Directed
by Sue Rider, with piano music recorded by Richard Mapp
“Intimate comedy with music, song and an array of endearing characters”
Claudia lives in rural Canterbury. Her husband is a farm accountant and her son Ben
plays in a band. When an eccentric Irish film-maker arrives in NZ to make a film
of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, Claudia is keen to audition for the role
of Miss Havisham as she sees it as a way out of her humdrum existence.
As she prepares for the role, Claudia finds her own life takes on the twists and
turns of a Dickens novel. A work of unexpected visual richness, “Playing Miss Havisham”
unfolds with mystery, music and surprise. Music by Bach, Chopin, Schubert, Granados,
Debussy & Gareth Farr.
“I implore you: if there is one show you must see, it is this one.” Theatreview
“Demonstrates what the art of acting is all about.” The Press