About create.

create. is a festival celebrating literature, arts, the spectacular Mackenzie landscape and the amazing community who live here. With over 40 events across the length and breadth of the region, create. aims to bring the community together, attracting people from all over the country to our beautiful district and have a world-class celebration of New Zealand’s artists and authors.

Meet The Team

The festival is brought to you by the powerhouse of


Renee Rowland

Renee is the owner of two independent sister bookshops in the South Canterbury Community: The Twizel Bookshop & Timaru Booksellers. When not in a bookshop, you may catch Renee trying to finish knitting a homespun jersey she started 15 years ago.



Wilma van den Bosch

Wilma is the owner of Petronella’s Gallery and Bookstore in Lake Tekapo. Her shelves feature a mixture of new-release and classic books. When Wilma isn’t selling books or reading, she wanders the lands around Lake Tekapo looking for miromiro.



Prue Blake

Prue is the owner of Artspace Tekapo, a gallery with an eclectic selection of paintings, sculpture, jewellery, speciality clothing and other interesting pieces for sale. When not discovering new artists, you will find Prue on her bike, searching for a new trail to explore.



Hollie Woodhouse

Hollie is the designer behind Mountain House Creative, a Tekapo-based graphic and web design studio that is passionate about creating content solutions for businesses big and small. When not designing, you can find hollie running or biking around NZ's magic landscape.