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A note from us....

The Audacity of Authenticity

From Beyonce’s “Formation”, to the controversial Oscar’s this year, we’re seeing how much trouble someone’s big, audacious, authenticity stirs in society. If you unapologetically stand for who you truly are, you most definitely risk ridicule – even attack, from a lot of people.
Authenticity, in a society full of expectations and preconceptions, is, in a word, scary. For what could be more terrifying than baring your most authentic self to the world, only to be verbally butchered, laughed at or worse, ignored.
And yet, audacious authenticity is vital, to make real change. When we let communities continue to be misrepresented, when we bend over backwards to fit society’s expectations of us, when we stay resigned to how things are instead of questioning things, we’re being silent proponents of the status quo. We’re not being real agents of change.
Authenticity is definitely not so much a quality as it is a daily practice. And, it’s a privilege, for what point in history have we ever had this much freedom to be our most authentic selves?

We're excited to launch a new website for a programme that promotes healthy and respectful relationships between young people. BodySafe is a programme that opens conversations about consent, respect, as well as encourages young people to speak out if they experience unhealthy sexual behaviour.  Have a look at BodySafe »


Jade went to this year's Webstock, which also happened to be its 10th birthday. For this year's one, Jade noticed the extra level of authenticity and vulnerability among the speakers across the board.  Read more about Jade's Wondrous Webstock experience here »

Finally, we went to see Elizabeth Gilbert's talk at this year's Auckland Writers Festival, where she did an *uproariously hilarious* talk on building a healthy enough relationship with fear, as part of living an authentic, creative life. Read more on my and Jo's take on the night Â»

Enjoy the rest of the month, and stay brave and true everyone!

Meghan Geliza
(and the Curative Crew)

What we're browsing...

Tina Eisenberg: Don't Complain, Create

Tina Roth Eisenberg came up with a rule: "If I keep complaining about something, I either do something about it or let it go." Here she shares her journey to getting to a place of authenticity.

Trying to be Impressive & Extraordinary Tales

Our dear friend Imogen Parry spoke at Extraordinary Tales. Here's her thoughts on being brave and letting go of this exhausting thing called Trying To Be Impressive.

The Future 100 – Trends and change to watch in 2016

Future 100 takes a snapshot of emerging trends for 2016, spanning culture, tech and innovation, travel, brands, food, health and lifestyle.

CreativeMornings /NSH: Chris Thompson on your Authentic Voice

Visual artist Chris Thompson unpacks his own design career and how putting it all on the line brought him to his authentic voice.

Where we're going...

Design Assembly: Autumn Conversations

10 March, 6pm | Thievery Studio, Level 2, 203 Kroad

This year's autumn event features food and beverage projects in graphic design. Come along, have a drink and chat and be inspired by a great line up of speakers.

Behind the Wheel Pit Stop Challenge

9 April, 2pm | Papatuanuku Kokiri Marae, 141 Robertson Rd, Mangere, Auckland

Curative and innovate change have been working with the Mangere community to bring you Behind the Wheel Mangere, an initiative that will help young people become safe and fully licensed drivers. Come join us for our first Pit Stop Challenge.

Pecha Kucha Vol. 50

3 March, 7.30pm | 368 New North Road, Kingsland

A Pecha Kucha night is an event format in which presenters show a slideshow of 20 images, each of which is shown for 20 seconds. Each event usually has 8 - 14 presenters. $10 on the door, cash bar.

Studio One – Open Nights

9 March, 6pm | Studio One Toi TÅ«, 1 Ponsonby Road, Auckland, New Zealand 1021

The March edition of Studio One Toi Tū’s monthly conversation series teams up with Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust to celebrate Pasifika artists and the influential voices that have helped carve a Pacific presence in creative industries.

Auckland Arts Festival – White Night

12 March, 6pm – midnight 

Aotearoa’s version of White Night is on once again – a free cultural event with expansive choices from visual art, illuminations, theatre, film, design, performances on display, as well as visits behind the scenes to artists’ studios. All this, for six hours, non-stop, throughout Auckland. A full programme of White Night events are located here.


11 March, 8am | The Idea Collective, MOTAT

Every month, the Curative crew & other awesome creative volunteers wake up extra early to host CreativeMornings!  This month's global theme is: CHANGE, with speaker Leonie Hayden. Make sure you get in early to avoid missing out (Registrations open 7 March @ 11am sharp).

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