Our Values

Our purpose:

Enriching the cultural life of Aotearoa through an experience of opera that connects, engages and inspires reflection on our human condition.

He whakarangatira i te oranga ahurea o Aotearoa mā te whakakite i te puoro whakaari e tūhono nei, e toro nei, e whakaawe nei i te huringa o ngā whakaaro ki te āhua o te ira.

Our Ambition:

Leading opera from Aotearoa in a way that reimagines the art form; embraces the cultural and social identities of our diverse communities; and ensures a vibrant and sustainable presence for opera in New Zealand

Our Values:

Mana Toi

We love opera and we celebrate the difference it and our artists make to our lives. We value the creativity within our culture and we honour the arts and artists of the Tangata Whenua, our Pasifika peoples and our many diverse communities. He toi whakairo. He mana tangata. Where there is artistic excellence. There is human dignity.


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 of opera in Aotearoa. Manaakitia ai te katoa e mātou. The best way forward is to look after all.


We work together with others so that we can achieve more. We collaborate with artists, arts-practitioners, arts organisations, and our partners and supporters to co-create programmes that embrace the diversity within our community and contribute to the development of opera in New Zealand. Ehara taku toa I te toa takitahi, engari he toa takimano, takitini.


We present innovative work that is connected to the time and place we live in. Our programes are well thought through, produced to a high standard and challenge ourselves and our audiences to explore different points of view. Poipoia te kākano kia puāwai. Nurture the seed and it will blossom.

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