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Cabal is my word for a way of working together. It is an wholistic space for collaboration with each other and the life streams we are part of. The Cabal ethos rests in the subtle arts of relatedness. For over 20 years, this philosophy has guided my approach to art, design and construction, within very diverse project teams, contexts and mediums.

This ‘deep collaboration’ is an art form of communication and interdependency as we sculpt, weave, design and construct processes for restorative built environments. I treat each creative project is an opportunity to explore with others, finding simple practical tools and processes that we can put into action to help realise our ideals for transformation and regeneration in our communities. Cabal

asks, “what is needed here?” “What are the optimum conditions for wholistic


Cabal is a call to the nourishment of love, life and the restoring of beauty.




Cabal is a creative studio advancing regenerative practices of Aotearoa / New Zealand. Our integrative approach to development and design, draws on the science of whole living systems, as well as arts and cultural practices unique to Aotearoa New Zealand. We partner with project communities who have bold goals for regenerating people and place. Together we harness new levels of alignment, synergy and creative potential.

Working with communities, NGO's, councils, corporations, government agencies, iwi and hapu, Cabal’s unique combination of facilitation, participatory research, 'essential' storytelling, visual arts communications and land art brings the essence of the land, waters and local people, into the heart of complex developmental and transformational processes.

Tihei Mauri Ora !

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Cabal was founded in 1990 by Caroline Robinson, growing from origins as a multi-award winning wearable arts and clothing label. From textile arts, Cabal developed in theatre and performing arts, to become a pioneering integrative arts and design practice, highly regarded for numerous public art commissions and contributions to some of the largest and most complex urban development and infrastructure projects in Auckland, New Zealand.

Caroline was part of the founding core team, undertaking action research and strategic development for pioneering initiative, ‘The Big Idea’ (home of NZ’s creative sector, now with 40,000 members). Her deep whole systems thinking has also been instrumental in the ‘Creative Ecology Living Research’, a new model for resilience in creative communities, with Creative Coalition.

Caroline has authored two books: “Panmure Sense of Place Scrapbook’ for Auckland Council and ‘The Artist’s Workbook’ for the Artist Alliance.


Cabal's Origins

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