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Our Strategic Agenda


Making a unique contribution to the cultural life of Aotearoa by creating opportunities for people to experience the power and beauty of contemporary sculpture in the landscape.

Our AMBITION for the future

Waiheke Island is internationally acclaimed for its public and private collections of distinctive landscape sculptures, and for its biennial exhibitions that present significant new contemporary works by the foremost sculpture artists of Aotearoa.

Our Engagement Principles

Mana Toi

We champion the role of arts and the contribution artists make to our lives. We value the creativity within our community and the potential for artistic excellence in all that we do. And we honour the arts and artists of the Tangata Whenua, our Pasifika peoples and New Zealand’s many diverse communities.


We are welcoming and responsive to all. We are a community of purpose, inviting and welcoming the participation of all who share our purpose and ambition for the future.


We work together with others so that we can achieve more. We collaborate with our artists, our community, our people, our partners and our supporters to co-create successful outcomes for all.


Programming excellence
Collaborating with artists and the local community to co-create a distinctive art experience that celebrates the best of New Zealand’s contemporary sculpture presented within the Waiheke Island landscape.

Success Measure: Visitor response and critical acclaim confirms the outstanding quality of the event and affirms its status as a significant international art event and the premier exhibition of New Zealand contemporary sculpture in the landscape.

Engaging visitors
Increasing the engagement of local, national and international visitors with the sculpture event, enhancing the visitor experience and connecting visitors with the local community.

Success Measure: Visitor attendance, demographics and satisfaction measures confirm high levels of positive engagement with the sculpture event, and community feedback confirms increasing engagement with local cultural, tourism and business interests.

Sustaining the project
Increasing net revenues, improving operational efficiency and developing the appropriate governance and operational capacity to sustain the project as a viable, long-term biennial event.

Success Measure: Effective governance and operational management is evident in the achievement of programming, visitor experience and engagement outcomes and the future financial viability of the project is secured by operating surpluses that build an appropriate equity base.

Emerging the Waiheke sculpture site
Facilitating opportunities for Waiheke Island visitors to experience an expanding presence of significant contemporary sculptures in the landscape

Success Measure: Visitor feedback and critical acclaim affirms Waiheke Island as New Zealand’s premiere sculpture site and exemplar home to an exciting range of art works by New Zealand’s foremost sculpture artists.