The Awhi Incubator

Large Scale Capacity Building Project in Te Tai Tokerau

innovation mentorship

Art & Innovation Mentorship Programme in Northland

The Awhi Incubator Project provides free coaching, mentoring and training for selected local digital artists. The aim is to raise the profile of the innovative local arts scene and connect to national and international networks. Open to anyone living or working in the region, the online expression of interest for the Awhi Incubator runs from 6 – 24 April. 

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Showcasing and Supporting

Maggie says, “Cool things are happening in our region – we want to showcase that! So we’re looking to support people who work across different disciplines, are experimental or have a wide range of interests and skills. Often they have more complex needs and find it less easy to fit into a funding box. That means young, emerging professionals and those who are more experienced.”

Supporters and Partners

The Ministry of Culture and Heritage’s Innovation Fund provided the resources for the project. In addition, several groups are officially partnering with AwhiWorld to support the Awhi Incubator, including local arts organisation Creative Northland and national organisations Circuit and Aotearoa Digital Arts (ADA). An international group, SEADS is also partnering on the initiative and is currently working with AwhiWorld on a project to be unveiled in May.


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We would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage for their support in helping us bring our vision to life.

Our partnered organisations have been invaluable assets to our team, and we are incredibly grateful for their commitment to our mission. We could not have accomplished what we have without their help and support, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration for many years to come.

We also want to extend a special thank you to our wider Northland community. Your support, enthusiasm, and willingness have been a source of inspiration for us.

The Awhi Incubator Story

So how did we get here.... AwhiWorld have worked hard over the last five years to support Te Tai Tokerau's creative technology and cross-disciplinary arts scene. Both Dr Maggie Buxton and Kim Newall have dedicated a considerable amount of volunteer time and personal resources to raising the profile of this sector. Many individuals work in…

High Calibre Creative Technology Coaching

National and International Experts ready to support High-calibre coaching and mentoring staff are joining the Awhi Incubator to provide advice on running the project, delivering workshops and work one-to-one with participants. Working alongside core incubator staff Dr Maggie Buxton and Kim Newall, are a range of national and international experts in VR | AR |…

Introduction to Creative Technology Training – Far North

Creative Tech for Creatives AwhiWorld and Far North REAP are excited to partner on an initiative to build creative technology capacity in the arts via an Introduction to Creative Technology Training Workshop. Part of the Awhi Incubator project, the Introduction to Creative Technology workshop targets artists and creatives who want to work creatively with technology…






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