10 Dec 2017

John Cranna: taking the Creative Hub to Kaitaia

From Standing Room Only, 2:25 pm on 10 December 2017
The workshop took place in a Kaitaia Wharenui.

The workshop took place in a Kaitaia Wharenui. Photo: Supplied

It's hard for some parts of the country to cut a break.

Northland, for example, is usually in the news because of stories about poverty, ill health, violence and most recently kauri dieback.

But children at Kaitaia College and a small village school were given the chance and the tools to express themselves through writing when an invitation was made to the Auckland-based Creative Hub.

In the group was a great grandson of loved poet Hone Tuwhare - who until then knew very little about him. The Creative Hub director is John Cranna who wrote about his time with the 13 to 17 year olds in a blog that caught Lynn Freeman’s eye.