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July 26, 8:00am • Studio One Toi Tū • part of a series on End

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CreativeMornings with Maru Nihoniho
Friday 27th April, 8.00am-9.30am
Studio One Toi Tū

Throughout human history, games were about winning or losing.

Maru Nihoniho, MNZM, is the managing director, game producer and designer at Metia Interactive (an award-winning game design studio she founded in 2002) pushes the boundaries of what is possible to achieve with a game.

Author James P. Carse extends this concept beautifully in Finite and Infinite Games: “A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.”

Maru epitomises how the gaming world can improve our realities. In 2016 Maru was awarded a New Zealand Order of Merit for her work in gaming and mental health, and recently awarded the Innovator of the Year in 2017 MCV Pacific Women in Games Awards from Xbox. She has completed her Masters Degree in Technological Futures, where she produced a game called Tākaro to teach rangatahi to strengthen spatial awareness skills and learn coding concepts.

Which game are you playing with your art? Keep your eyes on the journey, not the prize.

This month is presented by our global partner MailChimp. This month’s global exploration of Game was chosen by our Liège chapter and illustrated by Jeffrey Phillips.

CreativeMornings with Samuel Te Kani 
Friday 16th March, 8.00am-9.30am
Samoa House

Courage has no specific form and knows no bounds. From starting a side project to the act of listening when you would rather interject, every day we are wrapped in opportunities to exercise courage.

Courage has nothing to do with your title or level of expertise. It’s not for the few or the gifted. It’s an act of humanity, of choosing to take an action that is risky because it demands vulnerability and curiosity.

Our speaker this month, Samuel Te Kani is a courageous and generous soul. His art pushes boundaries and disrupts the world around him.

Samuel is politically minded and opinionated, and a firm believer in social justice. The best way to understand him is to kick back with a coffee or mimosa, and just listen. You will find Samuel hanging out around K’Road eating fried chicken, drinking Rosè, nose-deep in a novel that challenges the very fabric of what we call society.

We need your courage. It’s going to be risky and will require vulnerability. A posture of empathy and curiosity will empower you. And above all, you must take action.

Samuel has chosen Rainbow Youth as our charitable partner for March. We believe this awesome organisation aligns strongly with the theme Courage. Please feel free to bring along a gold coin donation to contribute to Rainbow Youth on the 16th.

We are very excited to also announce that In true Sam Te Kani style, breakfast will be Mimosa’s and fried chicken (we will also be providing vege/vegan/gluten free goodies) + non alcoholic beverages.

CreativeMornings with Dominic Glamuzina
Friday 24th November, 8.00am-9.30am
St Matthews

Death has inspired humanity since time immemorial, influencing ideologies and our understanding of life and how we live it.

Death itself has literal and figurative definitions. Taken literally, as a species we have leveraged the fear of death to inspire achievements that seemed impossible, and to create work that needed to be made. Taken figuratively, we have used the concept of death to challenge ideals, and dissent from the establishment. Death represents both decay and renewal, and as creatives this gives us a whole lotta room to move.

This month’s speaker, Dom Glamuzina, is an award-winning architect and dedicated disruptor. In typically robust style, he will explore the figurative role death plays in challenging New Zealand architecture to embrace self- and peer- critique in the profession.

In 2000, not too long after graduating from the University of Auckland, Dom started his own practice. From here he and Aaron Paterson combined their talents for the successful 2007-2015 partnership of Glamuzina Paterson Architects.

Since the rebirth of Glamuzina Architects in 2015, various typologies have been explored in the practice, from the Waiheke Island bach, to commercial builds in the ever changing K’Rd, to working with iwi in the far north to complete a community-based, multi-faceted program of broad value.

Within his profession Dom is happy to challenge the status quo. He pushes beyond aesthetics to rethink our familiar cityscapes and breathe life into our ‘machines for living in’, always finding joy in the creative process. Forever keen to start necessary conversations, Dom was part of the creative team for the provocative ‘restaurant at the end of the universe world’. This was part of the Future Islands exhibition, the New Zealand Institute of Architects’ work at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

With an opinion on everything, a love of critical dialogue, and a mile-a-minute banter Dom Glamuzina will lead on us on an adventure that is a matter of life and death.

CreativeMornings with Johnson Witehira
Friday 29 September, 8.00am-9.30am
Studio One Toi Tū

Compassion is a pause button that reminds us of a fundamental truth: we’re all stumbling and nobody has it figured out. The best part about compassion is that it’s a learned trait—unlike your height or eye color—and the more we practice accepting others the sooner the easier it becomes to accept ourselves.

When this is at the forefront of our minds, we give people a chance to show up and be seen. When in doubt, the answer is compassion. It’s something that is essential in graphic design, and something our speaker for this month, Johnson Witehira, has been investigating and practising himself.

At High School Johnson dreamed of being a video game designer. At the time though this didn’t exist in New Zealand’s education system. So, with a love of art and computers He ended up studying the next best thing, graphic design. Typography. Grids. The Bauhaus. It was all so new and exciting. Yet, for some reason it also felt wrong. Why? Graphic design has its roots in Europe in America. What does it have to do with being Maori, being Pākehā or being a New Zealander?

In search of answers, Johnson went on to complete a Masters in Graphic Design (2007) and a Doctorate in Maori Visual Art (2013). A the same time, his many art and design projects, which have been profiled by Monocle Magazine, Novum and AIGA, are responses to the challenge of how we might develop unique approaches to art and design here in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Join us on Friday 29 September at Studio One Toi Tū to hear about Johnson’s explorations and discoveries. Registrations open on Monday 25 September at 11am.

CreativeMornings with Jeremy Hansen
August 25, 8:00am - 9:30am 
Hosted at Coffee Supreme HQ

Genius is a label, a shortcut that signifies the remarkable achievements and abilities of an individual. Thomas Edison famously quipped that genius was one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. But genius also hinges on the voices of the community, the support of the people.

If you were to unpack this centuries-old label, you might realise that the habits of a genius are already baked into your daily routines. Geniuses are exceptional at failing, learning from mistakes, and cross-pollinating insights from various domains. They’re working, not for money or fame, but because they’re compelled to pursue a particular craft or interest; they’re compelled to solve the problem, paint on the canvas, or breathe life into an idea.

Today, opportunities and resources to tame your talents and sharpen your skills abound. The real battle is less external and more internal—facing your fears, quieting your ego, enriching your mind, and dancing with failure. Perhaps Mozart got it right when he said, “Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.” Tackling this complex topic in Auckland is Jeremy Hansen, editor of Paperboy, a free Auckland-centric weekly magazine.

Jeremy grew up without television but with The Listener, and has been keen on telling stories ever since. He started his career in journalism making coffee for better-paid people on brutally early radio shifts. Since then, he’s been a feature writer in Hong Kong, a producer of RNZ National’s Morning Report, a TV arts reporter and a contributor to a bunch of different magazines.

More recently, he spent 11 years editing architecture magazine HOME, where he advocated for smart, environmentally conscious design over bloated real estate nonsense. Nowadays, he and the Paperboy team are hoping to excite readers about Auckland’s possibilities by engaging them in a conversation about the city’s future.

Join us Friday 25 August to hear Jeremy’s take on genius and what he’s learnt from his career. Registrations open Monday 21 August at 11am sharp.

CreativeMornings with Sacha Judd
Friday 21 July, 8.00am-9.30am

We imagine a world where we’re seen and heard, respected and valued, not for our appearance and privilege, but for our work and character. A world where anyone, anywhere, has equal access to opportunities and resources to become the person they dream about. A world where we make sure no one person in our communities and in our industries are treated differently or less favourably than any other.

The roadmap to to achieve that kind of equality is a work in progress, and this work won’t be achieved through one powerful instrument but through collaboration, a symphony of sounds adding richness and texture to the bigger picture.

Our speaker for July, Sacha Judd, is adding her own richness and texture to this picture.

Sacha’s first career was a corporate lawyer, where she became a partner in a national law firm and lectured at the University of Auckland. In 2015 she turned her back on the legal life, and now runs the Hoku Group, a family office combining private investments, early-stage tech ventures and a non-profit foundation.

She is the co-host of Refactor (a series of events around diversity in technology), and runs Flounders’ Club (a network for early-stage company founders). She also spends a confusing amount of time explaining why Harry Styles might be the answer to everything.

Join us on Friday 21 July at GridAKL to find out why, as we tackle the challenges involved with improving diversity and inclusion in design and technology, Sacha wants us to come back to the very first things we made and shared - and why what we love the most, even in secret, matters so much.

Tickets will be released on Monday 17 July at 11am over on our website -

We’re thrilled to announce Adobe is joining the CreativeMornings family as our Official Global Partner for Creative Tools. We’re partnering with Adobe to stretch our collective mission in connecting and empowering creative communities around the world.

Read more on our blog

CreativeMornings with Lana Lopesi
Friday 30 June
Studio One Toi Tū

The ability to overcome adversity and withstand waves of turbulent times is part of the human spirit. In our hardwiring, it is the oldest of threads that also fuels our creativity.

Stories of survival resonate because they remind us of our inherent power to adapt and change. A choice is always present, and survival is about choosing to move forward.

No one knows this more than our speaker for this month, Lana Lopesi. After attending art school, Lana quickly ditched the esteemed job title of artist to be a critic of art and culture. Lana’s writing has featured in a number of publications in print and online. She currently writes a monthly column for Design Assembly called Graphic Matters where she is also a Contributing Editor looking after the Aotearoa Design Thinking series. Lana is the Visual Arts Editor for The Pantograph Punch and was Founding Editor of #500words. Recent residencies include a research residency at RM Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand and Taipei Artist Village, Taipei, Taiwan. Upcoming projects include lei-pā: a curatorial project in collaboration with Ahilapalapa Rands at ST PAUL St Gallery, 2017 and Cold Islander a group exhibition at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton, 2017.

Join us Friday 30 June at Studio One Toi Tū for a reminder that our fragility and complexity doesn’t make us weak; in fact, it makes us stronger. Tickets will be released at 11am Monday 26 June.

CreativeMornings with Joyce Campbell
Friday 25 November, 8.00am - 9.30am
The Idea Collective at MOTAT

The realm of fantasy is a space for us to imagine possibilities that seem beyond our reach. Fantastical ideas are exciting and tantalizing, especially to artists. Imagining something new and outside the constructs of the real world is liberating. It can also be used as a clever vehicle for the expression of controversial or subversive topics through allegory. And as we enter into a tumultuous and uncertain period, this approach may be needed more then ever.

Our speaker for November is someone very familiar with this technique. Joyce Campbell is an interdisciplinary artist whose work utilizes anachronistic photographic techniques such as daguerreotype and ambrotype, as well as conventional analogue and digital photography, video, film and sculpture. Using these tools, Joyce examines the collision of natural and cultural systems, and explores the play of raw perception against interpretation.

During the past 20 years, she has made projects in Antarctica, Los Angeles and her hometown, Wairoa, culminating in her nomination for this year’s Walters Prize, New Zealand’s largest contemporary art prize, for Flightdream II, a work fusing science fiction and video to reflect on people’s interaction with volatile and hostile environments in the process of transformation.

A dual citizen of the United States and New Zealand, Joyce feels the volatility of the current political moment more intensely than many of us here in New Zealand. And with a residency in California on the cards in the near future, she is fully grounded in the many issues that have been thrown up by the recent election, and wonders how to best deal with these issues. She with a questions whether the current preference for artists work to have a positive, ultimately redemptive arc is valuable. Or is it better to lean in to the darkness, and just maybe stir up a revolution?

Join us on Friday 25 November for a discussion about fantasies of the future, and what they contribute to the larger dialogue when they’re optimistic or pessimistic.

Tickets will be released on Monday 21st November at 11am. CreativeMornings are free to attend but spaces are limited. Sign up to our newsletter to receive a reminder email thirty minutes before registrations open, and create a profile to make signing up a breeze.