About our work

At Rekindle we create and share opportunities for resourcefulness by promoting the skills and knowledge involved in creating what we need from the life within us and around us, for the wellbeing of planet and people. We transform local resources through care and craft, this being the opposite of wastefulness. Resourcefulness requires us to engage with our inner resources whilst building relationship with the life around us, and in this ongoing exchange we realise the inseparable nature of life on Earth. Being truly resourceful connects us within communities as we share the resources we have.    

The word resource was originally derived from the Latin resurgō meaning rise again. Life on Earth is deeply resourcefulness in the inherent ability of all life to continually rise again. Perhaps the form of life will change or decay, but it will always rise again. 

Just as the slow changes in a mountain range may seem barely perceptible, it’s resourcefulness continues across millions of years. The rock is alive with change from one state to the next as it continues to rise. All states in this constant movement of change are welcome and celebrated.


Since the beginning of Rekindle in 2010 in Auckland, then Christchurch, we have run various different projects that have been inherently focused on resourcefulness; some small, some as big as a whole house! Please see the Projects tab above for more details. 

For a sense of the kaupapa of our work these days, please see the film below made by Hilary Jean Tapper, commissioned by Creative New Zealand in April 2020.

We are based at Te Matatiki Toi Ora Arts Centre in central Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand where we have a public craft workshop open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm. We run an ongoing programme of resourceful craft workshops so the public can participate in & learn new craft. We also offer support to craftspeople whose practice is inherently resourceful so they can build and strengthen their careers in craft. We work with dedicated practitioners who wish to both develop and share their skills in this way.

Our work is part-supported by Creative New Zealand & Te Matatiki Toi Ora Arts Centre for which we are hugely grateful. We also run other workshop programmes supported by Christchurch City Council and Selwyn District Council.

Below is a short talk from 2017 by Rekindle's founder Juliet Arnott about the journey of Rekindle from 2010 on, from wastefulness to resourcefulness.