Skills & Knowledge

Browse this section to find:

  • Where to go to learn a creative skill (vocational and academic)
  • Creative awards and competitions
  • Research and policy reports

Creative Sector Support

MusicHelps Live offers information, resources and a wellbeing support service and is highly recommended.

The Performing Arts Network of NZ (PANNZ) provides a range of audience development resources and has run nine webinars with a range of speakers offering a wealth of information and support. Access past webinars here.

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage has established three new funds to support the arts, culture and heritage sector to retain and create jobs, increase earning potential, develop sector knowledge and skills, and promote new collaboration and public engagement with arts and culture, as well as increasing the wellbeing of New Zealanders.

Creative New Zealand is adjusting funding programmes to suit the changing needs of the arts sector in response to Covid-19. Check out their website for a full list of funding opportunities, criteria and regular updates.

The NZ Film Commission has released details of its Screen Recovery Package including a $13.4m Screen Production Fund and a $2m Cultural Sector Capability Fund.

Education & Training

Vocational Training

Design / Visual Arts / Craft & Object Arts

Ōtaki Pottery Club
The Club regularly holds a variety of classes for all ages. For example, there are weekly classes for 8 weeks during the school term, as well as children’s after school classes, and workshops for young people during the school holidays.

Kāpiti Arts & Crafts Society
There are 15 art and craft groups that meet regularly in the society workrooms in Raumati – weekly, fortnightly and monthly.

The Sewing Clinic
All ages sewing classes, repair cafe, sewing & craft parties and individual tuition in Paraparaumu.

Art Classes
Professional artist Kimbra Taylor tutors art classes and workshops in Kāpiti and the Wellington region for absolute beginners and those with some experience, a range of online courses and WorksmART mindfulness+creativity workshops for businesses.

Sustainable Art Classes
Professional fibre artist Birgit Moffat regularly teaches harakeke (flax) weaving classes throughout the year as well as Eco Dye Retreats.

Oamaru Stone Carving Workshops
Professional carver Donne Clarke hosts stone carving workshops and weekends at certain times of the year.

Journey into Creativity 
Experienced tutor and professional artist John Cornish offers classes to help you discover your own creativity. Six week block courses are taught in small classes at all levels.

Music Industry

Crawshaw Music School
The largest provider of one on one lessons on the Kapiti Coast, Crawshaw Music School teach all ages guitar, piano, keyboard, singing, drums, ukulele, bass guitar, flute, and band classes.

House of Sound Academy
Offering band mentoring, in school programme and lessons in trumpet, guitar, ukelele, bass, vocals, and piano.

Performing Arts

Dreams Academy of Performing Arts (DAPA)
Provides performing arts education for all ages, through performance relevant programmes for toddlers through to teens and from young adults to the young at heart.  DAPA connects schools, teachers and students to professionals in the performance industry.

Teaching the Trinity college syllabus to develop and improve communication skills, confidence in speaking and or performance and general speech quality.

Tertiary Education

Our region is surrounded by a range of tertiary institutes within a circular radius. The Kāpiti Coast is home to Te Wānanga o Raukura which offers a range of creative Nga Toi Maori courses and the Otago Polytechnic Diploma in Ceramic Art Level 5, (New Zealand’s only specialised programme in ceramic arts at tertiary level) is taught in Ōtaki and is a four year part-time programme.

Business Support

The Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce has a range of helpful webinars, networking meetings and regular events to help connect you with other business owners.

WellingtonNZ is calling for businesses to register for the Regional Business Partner Network to access free advice and support in areas such as business continuity, digital enablement, cashflow forecasting and more. It also has a number of helpful webinars on a variety of topics with various speakers that can be downloaded.

Manaaki is a national business support initiative. Ask your question from the experts and/or post in a forum.