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Kia ora koutou, I hope you are all well and might have some time to select to view a couple of these photographs and videos of the recent happenings at the art house. They share the message of art, and the wonderful work that volunteers and stakeholders are doing at the art house.

Lots of Love


Shona HammondBoys




Eastern Bay Community Foundation Funding

The Ōpōtiki Children's Art House are very fortunate and grateful to have received support from the Eastern Bay Community Foundation Funding organisation as they provide some financial support to the art house.

The Ōpōtiki Children's Art House need your support please

Children of Ashbrook Primary School share their love of art

The New Children's Art House in Ōpōtiki

Thank you to everyone that has helped to create the New Children's Art House in Ōpōtiki over the last 3 months. We still have lots of work to do and any help would be appreciated. Here I am taking a cup of tea break while reflecting on this journey so far.

Shona HammondBoys shona@shonahammondboys.com www.shonahammondboys.com 0276998843

Children's Art and The Ōpōtiki Children's Art House

The New Zealand Children's Art Houses was an initiative lead by Shona Hammond Boys in New Zealand.  We hope you enjoy this short video by Shona, where she explains the purpose for this fantastic initiative.

Hair Do at the Children's Art House

From the Novel, Hair Do, written by Shona Hammond Boys, QSM National Director of the New Zealand Children`s Art House Foundation, comes the short film Hair Do at the Children`s Art House.  Filmed with young artists in the Ōpōtiki Children`s Art House 2018, Hair Do represents young creators searching for a place to develop their talents in the community. Hair Do speaks clearly for Māori children and for young people throughout New Zealand. Created and supported by the volunteers and the community of Ōpōtiki. Key credit press words:  Children, Art, Dreams, Community, Poverty   Key credit people:  (Actor) Hirini Gerrard, Māori, aged 14 years, plays Hair Do   Child actors:  Laban Freeman, Rhykyn Williams, Phoenix Stirling Callaghan, Stephanie Williams, Cyrus Williams  Bee keepers:  Rueben Stanley, Grant Stanley  Music:  Mark Gerrard   Director:  Shona Hammond Boys – www.shonahammondboys.com Producer: Ivor Jones - www.htdm.maori.nz

Art is Life - By Shona HammondBoys

Restoration of the Ōpōtiki Youth Murals for 2020

Creativity is within every person and we look to restore and revitalise the Youth Murals of Ōpōtiki for 2020.

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Shona presents her perspective on Spirituality gained from many years on the spiritual path. Shona will also share with you one of her favourite meditation techniques.

The New Zealand Children's Art House Awards - 2017

The New Zealand Children's Art Houses was an initiative lead by Shona Hammond Boys in New Zealand.  We hope you enjoy this short video by Shona, where she explains the purpose for this fantastic initiative.  

The New Zealand Children’s Art House Foundation held its annual award evening at the Paeroa Children’s Arthouse and Care house in Paeroa, New Zealand on June 16, 2017.  The evening celebrated the achievements of its members, the recent refurbishment of the Children’s Art room and present the future plans for the Youth Centre, Peace Pavilion and Art House Foundation Headquarters. Oliver Howes, a talented musician, and composer was awarded the Emerging Artist of the Year Award. Benjamin Lloyd, received the Emerging Maori Artist of the year award in part for his work at Starship Hospital where he airbrushes his artwork with young patients to boost their confidence.  Nikki Slade Robinson, received the award for the NZ Artist most contributing to Children in 2017. Laban Freeman received the Outstanding Contribution Award.  

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Love Art, Be Kind

The New Zealand Children's Art House

  • Beginning in 1992 the New Zealand Children`s Art House Foundation has been working assisting the establishment of Children`s Art Clubs and children`s Art Houses nationally.

  • Our Children`s Art Clubs and Houses use two RULES LOVE ART AND BE KIND.

  • We encourage individual artistic experiences and the development of individual talents.

  • We believe that children need a social club of peers to share and develop their skills in BEING, FRIENDSHIP, CITIZEN SHIP AND LEADERSHIP.

  • We foster exhibitions to showcase solo and group works.

  • We encourage children to contribute their talents to the district, community and town.

  • We encourage children to think big and think globally.

  • We have established and developed Children`s Art Clubs and networks world- wide.


Many talented children find self- isolation and developing their skills very difficult without peers. They need buddies to meet face to face. In small groups Children`s Art Clubs have achieved remarkable results in assisting many very talented creators to be stable. Now with coronavirus people are asked to self- isolate and, Arts and creativity are the tools which can be used to find new beginnings. Talents are the key to eradicating boredom and to igniting the new and fresh pathways which inspire challenge and bring hope. Art has always been the foundation tool in education. Imagination being more important than knowledge.

Supporting Children`s Art Clubs has never been so important on our planet to develop humanity as kind, happy and busy, Art is needed. Children need to invent explore and discover the wonder magic and surprise of what their own talents can do in their own pace, time and scale.

By supporting Children`s Art and encouraging them to develop and share their talents throughout life we build a happy, busy, population who can overcome any obstacles and be productive, capable citizens who are never bored and who love life. Every talent is important. We must not waste our human potential. All creativity is needed. Love Art and Be Kind.

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Lavender is one of nature's greatest healers

  • Lavender is a favourite with bees. Bees get very relaxed when pollinating the lavender and usually will not sting. They are like happy drunks.

  • Lavender is super scented . Bees travel up to 5 kms through smell of lavender

  • Lavender is drought tolerant

  • Lavender does not like wet feet

  • Lavender loves lime

  • Lavender has been used as a herb over 2,500 years. Lavender was used in Egypt to make mummies smell sweet

  • The Romans used lavender a lot for cooking, bathing and perfume .

  • Lavender keeps away insects and it perfumes the air.

  • The fragrance is long lasting and is used to keep linen and clothes scented.

  • Lavender brings peace and relaxes the breathing.

  • It is helpful to breathe lavender bags to relieve stress or clear the airways when you have a cold.

  • Lavender is used as a healing agent and is said to heal migraines, headaches and the common cold.

  • It is said that lavender oil perfumed leather prevented the plague.

  • Lavender rubbed into stiff joints can ease them.

  • Lavender in your bath is always relaxing

  • A lavender bag in your purse can be breathed in to relieve colds and relax breathing.

  • Lavender can be gargled for tooth ache. Burning lavender oil at bed time can relax and help sleeping. Making lavender bags for under the pillow can help relaxation

  • Lavender bags, placed in camphor boxes is helpful to scare away insects.

  • The word Lavender comes from the same Latin root as the word as lavatory. In the olden days people would surround their toilets with lavender to keep the smell and insects away.

  • The word lavish came from the same Latin root. The lavender plant has so many flowers.

  • The word Lavender is probably sourced from Roman times

  • One of the herbs which Mary placed in the tomb around Jesus was lavender.

  • In Tutankhamen`s tomb when excavated the scent of lavender was still strong even after 3,000 years. Perfumed urns were sealed into tombs to provide fragrance.

  • Lavender farms are increasing in New Zealand and oils, soaps and creams, keep their perfume for many years.

  • The Lavender Plant loves a haircut and can flower profusely three times a year.

  • Types are now many. Most popular are the large French Lavendula dentate

  • English Lavender is best for aromatheraphy and cooking and is long flowering particularly if you dead head promptly.

  • Lavender water for ironing

  • Distilling for oil Bottles usually cost around ( $15 )

  • Antiseptic properties for mild burns or stings or mosquito itchy bites

  • Lavender tea for lifting spirits soothing indigestion for headaches

  • Lavender can be used for tea, biscuits, honey, ice cream or sprinkled on salad.

  • Types Lavendula stoecha ,French or Spanish not as scented or hardy as English

  • Lavender dentate, French lavender reaches height and spreads. It has a long season.

  • Lavendula intermedia. A heavyweight lavender in all respects, long life span and large quanties of oil.

  • Grosso or Super, Hidcote, Munsted and Pacific Blue , Nan Alba( white ) are popular in NZ.

  • Planting in clumps helps bees.

  • France is producing wonderful lavender products. Some of these are available in Akaroa NZ but still Lavender is nowhere near as popular as roses.

  • Lavender Growers Association hold an International conference in Auckland in August

For further information contact Shona at Shona@shonahammondboys.com

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