through art this Matariki
A north Taranaki community group is working to restore the future and fortune of its town, starting with its artists.
Waitara Co-operative, a group in which members pay to have co-ownership, is hosting an art exhibition at Matariki weekend to boost numbers and showcase Waitara talent.
“The goal is to return Waitara to the community it once was when it was a thriving community and people had money, and it was a genuine sense of community,” co-operative founder Arno Percival said.
Percival said artists, like much of the community, had been “just surviving” since Covid hit, and he hoped the exhibition would help change that.