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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.


circle of cultures


‘Embrace’ was created as part of the Glen Innes Town Centre Redevelopment Project (2002), stage one of which was a re-build of the public space in the town heart, Mayfair Place. Local Glen Innes residents and business owners worked closely to realise this sculptural space, in both the design and construction processes.

The core idea for Embrace came from Teaiivaiue Enoka, a local Cook Island elder who shared the traditions of the Cook Island marae, a stone circle where elders come together to make decisions on behalf of the community. The circle represents unity and peace for the people of Glen Innes. 

At the centre is a ring of red fused glass, designed by local graffiti artist Tangiwai Haretuku, representing the fire, energy or hearth of the community. One hundred clay tiles form a ‘circle of cultures’ perimetre around the sitting stones. These were individually designed by children from Point England School, Glen Innes Business owners and tangata whenua representatives, and crafted by a group of GI community, through a collaboration with Michael O’Donnell, Tarariki Pottery.

300 small clay ‘stones’ were also created as part of the project. They were each wrapt in a karaka tree leaf and a poem. These taonga (treasures) were entrusted to the many people who were part of the project over the two years of its evolution. In this way, the connections of the sculptural ‘embrace’ live quietly inside the homes of members of the Glen Innes community.


opened 2004

Community Participatory Project

Mayfair Place Mall, Glen Innes, Auckland, New Zealand

Client: Auckland Council

Project Team: Tevita Tanaki, Teaiivaiue Enoka, Corrie
Temata-Fong, Danielle Meredith, Noeleen Rupapera, Tangiwai Haretuku
(design of red glass ring), Tarariki Pottery- Mike O'Donnell,
Virtualight - Peter Stoneham, Clare Glass Studios - Dermott Kelly, Auckland
Stonemasons, Nigel Scanlan, P&M Paving and Construction, Glen Innes
Business Association, Ka Mau Te Wero, Ruapotaka Marae, Isthmus Group
and many others.

8m diameter

basalt, clay, cast glass, stainless steel, LED Lights

Photos: Caroline Robinson of Cabal