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Te Pu o Te Wheke Community Gallery and Arts Trust is a collective of local artist passionate about bringing colour to our town and community.

Our kaupapa is to support and work alongside people and families with experience of mental health. We would love to use art as therapy and to provide workshops to create safe and lifelong connections.

Our story

After working as a volunteer at the Wairua of Kaikohe exhibition, local artist Sasha Wilson was inspired to open an art gallery space in Kaikohe. She realised the community needed a space to support local artists to show their work and create a community place for the arts. From this inspiration Te Pu o Te Wheke Arts was born.

After running the space for two years by herself, Sash decided to bring the community on board to support the direction of the gallery. In 2019, the gallery became Te Pu O Te Wheke Community Gallery and Arts Trust.

The mid-north region is known as Te Pu O Te Wheke, the heart of the octopus. We have taken this name for our Trust because of its relevance to the whenua and tangata of the area. 

Read How Kaikohe arts space got its name

The current trustees are all locals to the area.

They are:

John Hayward, Chair
Sasha Wilson, Gallery Manager
Billie Jo Hohepa-Ropiha
Lahni Wharerau
Maryann Connor
Melanie Chandler-Winters








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