Two friends and design students are building connections within the creative sector.

Nuku Collective is based in Ōtepoti, Aotearoa and dedicated to showcasing local creatives through an online publication, aiming to foster connections, collaborations and conversations. Established by Zoe Hart (Communication Design) and Sofia Heke (Fashion Design), Nuku Collective provides an accessible, inclusive space for creatives to have their work showcased and stories told.

Nuku is bicultural and environmentally conscious. Nuku is a te reo Māori word; the verb means to move, shift or extend, and the noun means throughout, all over, through, the earth.

For us it represents our fluidity in form and function, we aim to create new spaces and new ways of interacting with creatives and their content. Nuku also meaning ‘the earth’ ties in with our strong values of Kaitiakitanga and treating Papatūānuku with aroha. 

The Nuku Collective website and Instagram account already exhibit the creative work of many artists and designers, using multimedia design-storytelling techniques to create all the content. As they collaborate with other creatives, Zoe and Sofia are building a community together. 

February 2022