NorthTec Students Focus at Ngāpuhi Festival

5 February 2016

NorthTec Students Focus at Ngāpuhi Festival

NorthTec arts students showed real focus when they spent two days acting as official photographers for the Ngāpuhi Festival, held last weekend in Kaikohe.

Tutor Ellie Smith and six photography students coped with searing heat and thunderstorms to capture the fun, food and stage performances at the biennial event which is Northland’s largest festival.

NorthTec Bachelor of Arts students are traditionally invited to work as the festival’s photographers. For the students, it’s a chance to work in a professional situation and try out their skills at a major public event, while also giving back to their community by gifting the resulting photos to the festival organisers, Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi.

Ellie Smith said: “This year’s students were Rapz Maihi, Jackson Anstead, Te Puawai Hiki, Colin Jones, Lee Ann Thoresen and Gabi Pfaender. They braved 32-degree heat and thunderstorms but enjoyed awesome kai, backstage passes, great music and an art exhibition that featured work by some of our best contemporary artists.”

The festival features a large art exhibition showcasing the works of many Ngāpuhi artists. Ellie said more than a third of those exhibiting their contemporary art were connected to NorthTec, either as graduates or tutors.

The Ngāpuhi Festival takes in the grounds of Northland College and attracts tens of thousands of visitors. As well as the art exhibition, there are two days of festival activities including food stalls, a play area and activities for tamariki, retail stalls, community groups and two stages with live acts.

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