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Home Ground creates space for women in the justice system to pause, nurture hope, activate social change and create better lives for themselves and future generations.

On a Home Ground project, artists (inside and outside of prison) make creative works using dance, performance, photography, writing, painting and music to address the issues women and whānau face in the justice system.


“I love that I feel our ideas and opinions actually really mattered. That we got to create and present some amazing and authentic pieces.”

– Project Tahi participant

Current project!

Manawatū CARE Project

We are excited to announce our first CARE project in Manawatū 


Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd June.


Our workshops are an opportunity for wāhine to try out different art forms with different artists, and other women. Participants will learn more about themselves and the creative process. 

Home Ground is a creativity and wellbeing programme for women who are in the justice system. Each programme uses creative arts practice, such as photography, creative writing, movement and music, as a non-threatening, strengths-based approach to self-empowerment, community connectedness and wellbeing.


Square Edge Community Arts Centre, Palmerston North,

If you are in Levin - let us know, we can organise transport! 



 The project starts on Tuesday 20 June, 10:00am. 

We work from 10:00-2:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

The project finishes at 2:30pm, on Thursday 22 June 2023.



There are spaces available for 10 women.

 The project is facilitated by the Home Ground team, Jacqui and Anna

There will be guest artists and peer mentors in the space as well.

This project has been generously supported by The Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Manatū Taonga.


For more info please email us at

Current Project

“I can’t fully express in words the impact that being listened to, heard, believed and understood has changed the way I do things in my everyday life.  What seemed simple has impacted and helped to resolve complexities in my life.


The ability to express without fear, judgment or harsh/negative criticism has allowed me to share and explore parts of me I’ve always had but never recognised.”

– Project Whā participant

Previous projects

Previous projects
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