Inspired by Nature at our October Holiday Programme

Over 200 children and their families enjoyed getting imaginative with dried flowers, making special taonga such as bookmarks, flower and leaf creatures, sun catchers, badges, candle surrounds and jewellery.
The programme linked to our current exhibition, The Divine Remains, a series of striking photographic images of colourful flowers by artist, David Lupton. We were extremely lucky to have David with us at Waitangi for the week’s activities. A big hit was the nifty badge-making machine he brought along. Children and adults alike enjoyed designing and proudly wearing their colourful badges.
One of our favourite things about our Holiday Programmes is that they are very family oriented, and we love seeing parents and grandparents spending time doing something fun and creative with the young ones.
A big thank you to artist David Lupton, to our wonderful volunteer helper Rosalie, and to all the families that attended the programme.

Colours and textures to inspire


The nifty badge-making machine was a great hit

Designing a unique badge

A finished pressed flower badge ready to wear


Flower fairy with a wand



Kiwi eating a snail


Little sailboats floating on a sea of leaves






Fantastic flying fantail

Forest folk


Leaf bug made into a fridge magnet



Flying fairy turned into a fun key-ring


Stunning sun catchers to brighten up any room


A flower and leaf necklace was one of the many jewellery pieces created


Candlelight shining through pressed flower candle surrounds


Our Learning Centre is a beautiful area to get inspired in – light and spacious