Rekindle creates opportunities for resourcefulness. We focus on transforming undervalued resources through care, connection and craft; this being the opposite of wastefulness. Being resourceful is both good for us and good for the earth upon whose finite resources we depend. Resourcefulness requires us to utilise and value our inner resources and our ability to access to what we need for lives we value. Being truly resourceful connects us within communities as we share the resources we have.


What a first! Necessary Traditions festival weekend complete

November 13, 2018

What a wonderful weekend at the Arts Centre in Ōtautahi Christchurch was had! Over 40 practitioners of necessary traditions spent the weekend demonstrating their resourceful skills. The reality of how it was to have these extraordinary group of practitioners together in one place was beyond our hopes, it felt like putting the tinder to a flame and the burst of energy & excitement in spontaneous & furry collaborations was evident in these moments: A doll of Alex Yerks (woodcarver) made my Hilary Jean Tapper on Sunday 11 November 2018. A shoe upper woven of harakeke by Tracey-Anne Cook for shoemaker Louise Ayling.   A spoon carved by Alex Yerks dyed with black carrot by Arina Terekhova.  These feel like the... Continue Reading →

ANNOUNCING: the Fund for Necessary Traditions

November 10, 2018

As part of the inaugural festival in 2018 we are delighted to share with you this new fund which has been set up to fortify & grow the presence of resourceful craft in Aotearoa New Zealand. This fund & it's impact is needed because as a society we are losing the ability to create what we need from what we have whilst caring for the local natural resources we rely on. To do this we need knowledge, skills & the practice of the necessary traditions which allow us to be kaitiaki or carers of the ecosystems we live within. This way we are all well & we are all connected. Donations to this fund enable the following support: Experienced craft practitioners... Continue Reading →

Would you like to support the Necessary Traditions festival as a volunteer?

October 30, 2018

Come and volunteer for the festival of Necessary Traditions! Volunteers are needed to support the talented craftspeople and to host visitors, amongst other roles. If you'd like to offer up a few hours or a day we would love to hear from you. It's a wonderful opportunity even just to spend time in the beautiful Arts Centre. Please fill in this Google Form here to tell us you’re interested in being involved or please email      Continue Reading →

A good reason to buy your Necessary Traditions tickets before the end of Tuesday 23 October!

October 10, 2018

So a big reason for the Necessary Traditions festival is to enable people of all ages, and especially young people, to really experience the magic and the wonder of resourceful craft traditions that turn 'nothing' into 'something'. To address this, we plan on gifting free festival tickets to a number of organisations & schools that support children & their whānau in the next 2 weeks to allow them time to arrange the support required to attend. So to enable this, whilst also meeting basic festival costs, we need to have enough festival tickets purchased early, and of course for this we need your help! As gratitude to you for buying an early ticket we have arranged a discount of 15% until the end of Tuesday 23 October... Continue Reading →