Ma tou rourou ma toku rourou ka ora ai tautou
With your resources and my resources we will all be sustained
Calling for the submission of ideas and expressions of interest in involvement in TEZA, the Transitional Economic Zone of Aotearoa Porirua City 2015.
Letting Space is seeking exciting ideas for development and expressions of interest for getting involved with projects. We are interested in hearing from artists and those interested in community development nationally and within Porirua City.
TEZA 2015 will be held in Porirua City, New Zealand in late November of this year, but the gathering together starts now.
In 2013 we ran the inaugural TEZA project in New Brighton, Christchurch.
Please see www.teza.org.nz for a snapshot of the project or check out http://www.enjoy.org.nz/files/TEZA2013_TheCatalogue.pdf for retrospective documentation of the first TEZA in 2013.
We have funding from Creative New Zealand allowing the commissioning of seven projects from New Zealand artists at $3500 each - this process is underway but interest is still welcomed. We also welcome proposals from artists with funding that enables them to complete their project without our funding (in 2013 this included artists with funding from Ngai Tahu, Wintec, Massey, and University of Canterbury). We also want to hear from individuals or groups in Porirua City who:
- are engaged in socially productive activity that fits outside the current economic system.
- are interested in being involved generally in projects as collaborators.
We aim to commission 12 projects which are diverse in their approach, locations, community collaborations and feedback into a collective community environment. In addition to this dozen, TEZA will be an open platform for other projects to join.
We are interested in a group interested in working collaboratively with others in an open environment where we learn from each other, and ask ourselves tough questions. For those who have not worked with us before, we are particularly interested in projects that are collective, permeable and collaborative.
What we are looking for: General
• Involve collaboration within Porirua City and/or with other artists. Importantly, we want to see the projects work with a community group/s in Porirua City (we don’t expect you to be specific unless you have already identified a group, rather we will look to assist in locating the right group to match). A strength of TEZA 2013 were projects that saw artists from across NZ working together, although not all projects were led in this way.
• Explore different ways for people to work together, proposing different forms of exchange and economies.
• Have a sense of play - that excite with new shapes
• Are permeable: can change, adapt and be flexible in response to the communities they encounter.
• Some projects that welcome and help make a diverse range of people bond in a central TEZA village.
• Projects that work out in different parts of the different communities of Porirua City, with the participants then coming back into the centre.
• Are interested in exploring the public commons and work towards social change.
• Are both open and complex – ‘love and criticality’ was a strength identified of TEZA 2013.
Emerging themes for Porirua
Over the last two months we have been meeting community members of Porirua City to tease out areas of significance that fit with the TEZA mandate. At this stage we envisage the projects speaking to the following areas by highlighting leadership and innovation in the community, and looking to explore new ways of empowering it. You may wish to add to the list! One of TEZA’s objectives is to find abundance where often others have seen deprivation.
Youth - a defining feature of the city is that it has the youngest population in the country, rather than the national trend of an aging one. In March Porirua Council announced Children's Priority -- a policy Mayor Nick Leggett says will put children and young people at the heart of decision making.
Immigration – Porirua is home to a diverse range of immigrants from a strong South African community in Whitby and a strong refugee community to a large and diverse Pacific island community established since the 1970s.
Visibility/foreignness – how well do we know our neighbours? East Porirua remains unknown to many Wellingtonians, and many from Porirua are unfamiliar to the wider Wellington region.
City Centre – Porirua’s geographic diversity means that it is a struggle to create a village within the multiple villages. It is rare to find a ‘commons’ for different peoples to meet, beyond the shopping mall and Megacentre in its centre. This year the Porirua City centre celebrates its 50th year. TEZA looks to find commonalities across diverse communities.
Housing and shelter - how does property ownership and planning affect our sense of place? Much of Porirua housing was built mid-20th Century from centralised suburban plans and large tracts are still state-owned. What effect will planned future sales of state housing have on residents and communities?
Physical environment – how are water and air qualities measured and protected - around the harbour, Whitireia Peninsula, Pauatahanui inlet, Ngati Toa’s care for the harbour. The introduction of ‘invasive species’.
The relationship of the city to mana whenua - the pa of Takupuwahia and Hongoeka. The city centre as vestige of the land wars. The return of extensive areas of the centre to Ngati Toa - The most prominent hill is called Colonial Knob - there are calls for it to return to its Maori name: Rangituhi (sky glow).
Mental illness – the need for alternative economic models to deal with issues in the community. The legacy of Porirua Mental Hospital, and the future of what is now Ngati Toa land.
Distinct and separate social groupings - We are interested in how in Porirua City, communities with quite distinctly different income and cultural makeups sit cheek by jowl and to the outsider seem relatively unmixed: Plimmerton and Hongoeka; Whitby and Waitangirua, Takapuwahia and Porirua town centre. In this we see directly the play of income inequality and a clustering that means, for example, many families who send their children outside the area for schooling at a ‘high’ level. What are the opportunities and examples of more mixing across perceived different groups in Porirua city?
Faith – what do we believe in? The church plays a prominent role in the community and in community development work.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Sophie Jerram and Mark Amery
Curators, Letting Space