Critical thought and enquiry – and extending the joy of thinking and learning to all New Zealanders – is at the heart of the Ockham ethos. We’re fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside some remarkable organisations who contribute mightily to Aotearoa’s cultural life. These partnerships include the following.
The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards
Our principal sponsorship of the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, a relationship now in its sixth year, is perhaps our most visible contribution. Says Ockham’s Mark Todd: "Our communities would be drab, grey and much poorer places without art, without words, without science – without critical thought. That's why our partnership with the New Zealand Book Awards means the world to us."
We fund the Ockham Collective, a registered charitable trust whose kaupapa is to support lifelong creativity and education. In 2019, the Ockham Collective started an annual residency programme, bringing together a select group of creatives, artists, musicians and educators, and providing them with beautiful spaces in which to perform, practice, teach, write and think.
We are lead partners with Objectspace, Aotearoa/New Zealand's leading design, craft and architecture gallery. Their Ponsonby premises opened in 2004 after a working group of prominent local makers, art writers and curators identified a significant lack of support for the fields of craft, applied art and design. At its heart Objectspace remains an organisation driven by makers: by providing an environment where the best practice and thinking in design, craft and architecture can be experienced and engaged with, Objectspace serves its audiences and communities.
Bridget Williams Books
BWB Texts are short books on big subjects from great New Zealand writers. "Splendid little books," said Harry Broad on RNZ’s Nine to Noon. "These are little books with big heart. I think they've been a marvellous contributor to all sorts of issues... They cover the big stories in a very concise way." Adds Fiona Farrell: "BWB supplies a forum for our best writers to contribute not as practitioners of their especial genre, but as citizens, voicing a point of view about life in this country at this point in its history." We're now into our second year sponsoring these small-but-perfectly-formed little tomes.
We support several other organisations who enrich our city in their own ways. These include:
- Sponsoring the People’s Choice Awards in New Zealand Geographic’s most excellent Photographer of the Year competition (an aside: And a plug. Subscribe to NZ Geo now… it's a stunning magazine, world-class and a national taonga).
- We contribute to Newsroom, the independent news and current affairs site which delivers "in-depth storytelling for thinking audiences with an interest in the people, progress, and democracy of Aotearoa." (an aside: It's a morning must-read – and then an afternoon compulsory peruse).
- Lastly and certainly not leastly, we sponsor the mighty One Tree Hill 1st XV (an aside: grassroots rugby at its most stirring and uplifting… we're honoured you have our logo on your jerseys, boys).