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What we offer

New Zealand Pacific Studio offers::

    • Residency in various locations across the Wairarapa & Tararua for artists and writers to work intensively on their projects. Most residency sites are near to Masterton, the largest town, and with the most resources in the creative sector. Masterton has an exciting arts quarter with Aratoi (art and history museum), Come Sew With Me (vintage sewing machines), ConArt (gallery and studios), King Street Artworks (public artspace) and Te Pātukituki (a Māori arts centre).
    • NZ Pacific Studio aims to offer seven funded residencies per year, if sponsorship can be secured (see ‘Fellowships’) – otherwise, all residencies are self-funded.
    • Support from the host and from the NZ Pacific Studio community.
    • Library of about 2,000 titles - art books, world literature, and many books on New Zealand.
    • A fully functional Kitchen for the self-catering of residents.
    • A shared Dining/sitting room.
    • Full linen, including bedding, blankets, bathroom towels, kitchen tea towels.
    • Laundry facilities.
    • Local Transport in town for a small weekly fee (plus petrol), which includes: Pick-up and drop-off in Masterton for arrival and departure, and a weekly shopping trip. Please provide advance notice if you don't have your own vehicle. If more extensive transportation is needed as part of a project, this will need to be negotiated in advance.
    • Complimentary access to wireless internet for moderate usage; capacity of the service is limited.
    • Access to standard black and white inkjet printer. If you need to do a large volume of printing, you are advised to bring your own printer and paper or to contact us to discuss options.
    • Complimentary pass to Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, a sanctuary with beautiful walks. Kiwi, ancient tuatara, eels, and native birds. Open daily.
    • The Wairarapa and Tararua regions offer a range of landscape, from mountains to sea, lighthouses to pinnacles, orchards and vineyards, several rivers to the artificial Henley Lake, nature trails including the newly designed Masterton CBD trail, and one of NZ’s earliest city parks, Queen Elizabeth Park.