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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 design, development and business, 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 place and people. Together we harness new levels of alignment, synergy and creative potential.

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Future Maker / Regenerative Resource / Integration Facilitator / Visual Artist

Caroline is a leader in regenerative design, development and business of Aotearoa New Zealand, helping communities, business, cultural organisations, local government and iwi / hapū who see the potential to radically transform the way we work on our future together. 

Cabal was established as a creative practice in 1990. Over time Cabal has evolved from origins as a multi award winning wearable arts and clothing label, to become highly regarded for arts/design collaborations within some of the most complex urban development projects in Auckland.

Caroline has been awarded numerous public art commissions. Each project has explored the relationships of the people and the land, bringing unique characteristics, complexities and potentials, to be understood and expressed.

These creative collaborations have been part of large scale development projects across Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, such as Grafton Gully Motorway (Maumahara mo Waiparuru), Glen Innes Town Centre Redevelopment (Embrace), Panmure Town Centre Redevelopment (Earth Sun) and Albany Lakes Reserve  (Te Hokinga Mai, the Bridge of Return).

This work opened the way for Caroline’s pioneering role in the emerging field of regenerative practice, a whole living systems approach to development and business. Through a highly collaborative approach and global partnerships, Cabal is helping advance capability for a fast-growing field of regenerative practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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

Art Projects