Over the last year VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai has had the privilege of working with prominent Māori artist Shane Hansen, who, through a co-design process with care experienced young people, created inspired and beautiful visual representations for the organisation’s five guiding pou.

Behind: Shane Hansen, Tracie Shipton Front: Stanley Baldwin, Tupua Urlich, Jamaya Stewart, Lakiesha Cummings, Anika Ruha Wineera

These designs were officially launched on Friday 6 December at an intimate and heartfelt youth-led event held at Hihiaua Cultural Centre in Whangarei. The function was wonderfully MCed by Jamaya Stewart, who spoke about how confidence-building it was being able to represent VOYCE recently at CREATE’s 2019 Voices in Action conference in Melbourne.

VOYCE Youth Intern Lakiesha Cummings spoke eloquently about how powerful and amazing it was for her to see young people pulling together with adults to powerfully put meaningful art to the organisation’s pou.

These wonderful designs are now being used across the organisation and prominently featured in the VOYCE Annual Report 2018-2019.