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August 30, 8:00am • Ockham Collective • part of a series on Justice

CreativeMornings with Russell Pickering
Friday 26th July, 8.00am - 9.30am
Studio One Toi Tū

Russell is one of New Zealand’s leading specialists in effective communication, business storytelling and presentation technique. Prior to founding The Pickering Group, Russell ran Auckland based communication skills consultancy SpeakEasy and established himself as an expert trainer, facilitator and coach in the field of business communication skills development. He has helped thousands of people, in some of New Zealand and Australia’s most visible organisations, become more confident and compelling communicators.

Russell thrives in the dynamic intersection of the arts and commerce. Originally training as a professional actor and director, Russell won a Bob Hope Scholarship to study for his Master of Fine Arts in Acting at Meadows School of the Arts (SMU) in the United States. As an actor he has appeared in commercial television, feature film, and on regional theatre stages throughout the US and NZ.

More recently, Russell completed his MBA as part of Auckland University’s NZ Executive programme.

CreativeMornings with Lee Tamahori
Friday 28th June, 8.00am - 9.30am

Lee Tamahori has spent his life creating a world of wonder. The art of directing relies on a combination of life experience and imagination to navigate the day to day operations on set. Something Lee says you can’t be prepared enough for.

Wellington born and raised, Lee’s professional journey started as a boom mic operator. Lee worked his way up the ranks, assisting alongside director Geoff Murphy in the early 80’s. During his run of award-winning commercials and feature films, Lee co-founded Flying Fish production company, as well as keeping a keen eye out for new actors and talent. His feature film debut, Once Were Warriors, cast a spotlight on topics that had never been previously seen on the big screen in a New Zealand context. To the New Zealand film going public, this sparked a new age of storytelling and gave space to reflect on our lives. This film also kickstarted Lee’s voyage through Hollywood blockbusters.

Lee’s life, both personally and professionally, is shaped by contribution. He is fueled by curiosity and wonder and his work speaks to this. Now, having over 30 years experience in filmmaking, Lee will join us to reflect on his creative process and the roots from which new ideas and problem solving grow.

Come join us on the 28th of June as Lee explores the WONDER that generates new ideas, and how this is translated into everyday life.

CreativeMornings with Rau Hoskins 
Friday 31st May, 8.00am - 9.30am 
Studio One Toi Tū

The creative practice of this month’s speaker is shaped through deep reflection and turns our attention to the environment around us. What do we care about? What do we take for granted? Would we miss it if it disappeared? How do cross-cultural conversation in Aotearoa answer the question of what do we PRESERVE?

Rau Hoskins, Ngāti Hau, Ngāpuhi, BArch, MArch(Hons), Pae Matua Ngā Aho is a director of designTRIBE architects, Rau has over 25 years’ experience working with Māori community-based design projects and has for the past 20 years specialised in the design of Māori educational institutions in the wider Auckland area. He has worked extensively as an urban and cultural design consultant, as well as in iwi liaison capacities on a range of large public projects where he has co-developed the Te Aranga design principles with Tāmaki mana whenua.

Rau sits on the Ministerial Advisory Group to the Minister of Housing, is active in Māori housing advocacy and papakāinga design projects as well as sitting on the Auckland Council Urban Design, Public Arts Advisory and Heritage Advisory Panels. Rau teaches part-time at the Unitec Department of Architecture and has been active in researching both traditional and hybrid Māori dwelling construction techniques. He presented the 13-part TV series Whare Māori, which won the AFTA for best information programme at the 2012 Aotearoa Film and Television Awards.

CreativeMornings with Kolokesa Mahina-Tuai & Barbara Afitu
Friday 26th April, 8.00am-9.30am
Studio One Toi Tū

“We had the same eyes, with the same vision.”

This moment of collaboration between super rad humans, Kolokesa Mahina-Tuai and Barbara Afitu, gave birth to their creative community consultancy Lagi Maama. Honouring the voice of their Tongan and Samoan ancestors, Lagi Maama is the vehicle for Kesa and Barb to lead from the heart, as navigators, connectors, and champions of community. With a background in curatorship, arts advocacy and community engagement, and a passion for critiquing terminology, Kesa and Barb are bringing to CreativeMornings their gentle but provocative style of talanoa to deep dive into our theme, INCLUSIVE.

Things will be a little bit different this month – same time, same place, different format. Kesa and Barb intend to hold space for us to come together as a community, explore the power structures that lie in this month’s theme, and leave us feeling connected with a sense of belonging.

If your jam is learning and creating knowledge together, then come and be a part of the awesome!

CreativeMornings with Michael Lakeman
Friday 29th March, 8.00am-9.30am
Studio One Toi Tū

We reckon saving the planet is creativity at its finest and it is our honour to welcome actual live creative scientist genius type human, Michael Lakeman, to the CreativeMornings whānau!

Water is the main source of all life. It is the lifeblood element that makes up 60% of our bodies. Now that he is home from years in US Michael is committed to sharing his passion for water and the regenerative and renewable resources of nature so that Aotearoa can truly thrive. This is not science class, this is life lessons 101 - expect the unexpected, and be ready for some Real Talk about how creatives can join the evolution.

Michael has spent his entire professional career carving out a space where creativity, science and commerce meet. For over ten years he has been a central figure in global efforts to bring sustainable aviation biofuels to market. He has served numerous organisations as an advisor and consultant including chairing the Steering Committee of the US Department of Energy’s peer review of their entire $2B BioEnergy Technology portfolio. Michael is also deeply committed to training and education and was a founding director of the Algae Foundation, a non-profit focused on STEM outreach and education.

Academically, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Washington, Seattle, and attained his Bachelor’s degree of Science in Biological Chemistry from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

CreativeMornings with Kristine Crabb
Friday 1st March, 8.00am-9.30am
The Basement Theatre 

Kristine Crabb is a gentle powerhouse of creativity. She is led by her intuition and integrity, and her eponymous label, Miss Crabb, possesses a loyal fanbase that most creatives can only dream about.

For almost 15 years elegant and unique Miss Crabb pieces have been worn by women all over New Zealand and the world, with our prime minister Jacinda Ardern being a dedicated wearer. Kristine’s journey has been incredible and inspirational, beginning with Rip Shit and Bust in 2001 on K Road and growing into Miss Crabb on Ponsonby Road in 2004.

Kristine describes Miss Crabb as ‘much more than a fashion label, it’s an art project, a state of mind and a ‘culty’ family; I have had three children along the way which has added another dimension to things.’ This multiverse that Kristine inhabits grew another dimension when it was announced that on 31 March 2019 Miss Crabb would be closing its doors for the last time, taking the out-of-it creative force of Miss Crabb in a whole new direction.

Come hear about how you find SYMMETRY between creativity and commerce, motherhood and work, and get an insight into how to stay true to yourself as a creative.

CreativeMornings with Wayne Pick
Friday 26th October, 8.00am-9.30am
Studio One Toi Tū

There’s no two ways about it, Wayne Pick is an honest-to-goodness superstar. He is to the Executive Creative Director role what Richie McCaw is to the No.8 jersey. Wayne Pick is a standout, a champion, and has repped hard for NZ on the international stage. And he’s also a really good guy.

With over 25 years of global experience connecting some of the world’s biggest brands with their customers, Wayne has worked at leading agencies in the USA, UK, Singapore, South Africa, and New Zealand. He has won in excess of 100 international awards (OMG) and is a sought member of jury panels at ad awards and festivals.

This year Wayne made the move from ECD and CX champion at Colenso BBDO to setting up his own agency, &Pick. It is our absolute delight to have Wayne come and lay down some truths and connect with our community as this month’s CreativeMorningsAKL speaker. We are fans!

CreativeMornings with Kendal Collins
Friday 31st August, 8.00am-9.30am
Studio One Toi Tū

A community is a reflection of what we crave: belonging.

Belonging is the heart of human connection and this is what Kendal Collins lives, eats, sleeps and breathes. Along with her sisters, design guru Narelle, and the choreographic force-of-nature, Parris Goebal, Kendal co-founded and co-leads Sisters United.

Using creativity – the mediums of spoken word, dance and visual art – Sisters United is an organisation dedicated to helping young women discover their talents, build their confidence and find their voice. Parris’ Palace Dance Studio is a safe space for young women to start their own journey of self-discovery, combating the negative effects of bullying, low self-esteem, negative body image and cultural disconnection of young women in Auckland.

Kendal is of Samoan and English heritage and was a 2017 Vodafone Foundation World of Difference recipient.

CreativeMornings with Julia Waite
Friday 20th July, 8.00am-9.30am
Auckland Art Gallery 

Julia Waite is a woman whose intention is to bring the beautiful work of New Zealand art into our everyday. She holds the role of Curator, New Zealand Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, where she has worked on a number of large-scale exhibitions including the 5th Auckland Triennial (2013) and Space to Dream: Recent Art from South America (2016), Freedom and Structure: Cubism and New Zealand Art 1930– 1960 (2015) and most recently she co-curated Gordon Walters: New Vision, which opens at Auckland Art Gallery in July 2018.

Julia has worked at National Gallery Singapore and The Substation, Singapore however her real passion is in exploring the development of modern art in New Zealand and global modernisms, and how this reflects the development of our country as a whole. She has a Masters in Art History and a Master in Museum Studies.

CreativeMornings with Bridget Taylor
Friday 29th June, 8.00am-9.30am
Studio One Toi Tū

This month’s speaker, creative powerhouse Bridget Taylor, is using her CRAFT to lead the way in the call to make the advertising industry in our country more diverse.

Co-owner and Executive Creative Director of Contagion, a full-service creative and marketing agency based in central Auckland, Bridget has been awarded at all the major shows globally - Cannes Gold, D&AD, One Show, Clio, Award, ADFEST best in Show and ADFEST Grand Lotus. She is also the only Māori female Executive Creative Director in the New Zealand advertising industry, and one of only three women in this position.

Bridget has enjoyed a stellar international career, as Deputy Creative Director of DDB Group between 2004 – 2009 then as Creative Director at BBDO Proximity Singapore, before returning to New Zealand. When home, she was one of the twenty New Zealand women selected to complete the 2011 global leadership course, Global Women.

When Bridget’s not creating marketing, she likes talking about it. She has just completed the fourth series of the hit ABC show The Gruen Transfer, where she demystifies advertising, or at least tries to….

We are also welcoming in DRY JULY with a co-pro with Seedlip. This beautifully crafted drink is the world’s first non-alcoholic spirit, so get ready for morning cocktails that won’t stop you from going to work. Crafty.