Toi Māori Aotearoa | E-Newsletter September 2020 | Issue #3
Toi Māori Aotearoa Newsletter #3
September 2020
Toi Māori Aotearoa staff, 25 August 2020
Message from the Toi Māori Board of Trustees

Matariki is a time to remember those who have passed and I would like to acknowledge Taite Cooper and Keri Kaa for their lifelong contribution to Māori creativity. 

The last three months also saw the return of COVID-19 to Aotearoa, which forced us to come to grips with the reality of living with COVID in the long term. 

Trustees have continued to hold fortnightly meetings with Toi Māori Aotearoa staff as part of our quick response strategy under rapidly changing circumstances.  

The Trustees can report that Toi Māori Aotearoa has adapted incredibly well to these circumstances as demonstrated by the delivery of activity recorded here and with active planning processes in place to ensure a programme of sensible activity in the year ahead. 

Trevor Horowaewae Maxwell MNZM
Chairman, Toi Māori Aotearoa Board of Trustees
Message from the Toi Māori General Manager

Ngā mihi o te wā kia koutou, 

Usually Matariki is a time for Māori to reflect and to consider the past twelve months. However, the past six months have been like no other in living memory. COVID-19 has no regard for tikanga Māori. We had to pause our ways, listen to the advice of nurses, doctors, teachers, first responders and parents, and prioritise our immediate environment. Now comes the time of the healers—the artists—to take a leading role in the wellbeing of the nation. 

I look forward to the return of the arts to elevate our spirits. I await the call of the pīpīwharauroa as the signal that Aotearoa will again rejoice to the sounds and sights of Māori voices through the practice of Māori art.  

Continue to stay safe and vigilant to Christmas and into summer. Next year will bring new challenges that we can surmount if we work together, neutralise mistakes and build on hard won successes.  

Garry Nicholas
General Manager, Toi Māori Aotearoa
News and Announcements

Māori Arts Internship Programme: Call for Hosts

We are calling for two Host Organisations to take on an intern commencing January to June 2021. 

The Māori Arts Internship (MAI) programme aims to develop future Māori arts managers, professionals and producers, to support the Māori arts infrastructure, and establish pathways for emerging Māori who wish to embark on a career in the arts.  

We are now inviting expressions of interest from organisations able to provide the best possible learning environment for our interns keen to build careers in arts administration and management. 

For MAI Internship Programme Host Information and FAQs see: 

Whakakai Mentoring Programme
October 2020 - March 2021

Hei Tiki by Rangi Kipa

Initiated by Rangi Kipa, the Whakakai Mentoring Programme involves wāhine Māori artists working in three-dimensions to be supported by a group of mentors considered to be experts in this field. Concentrating on small-scale adornment forms, this programme will primarily be delivered via digital channels focusing on conceptual, design and production processes leading to an intensive workshop in early 2021, and aspires to create a strong cohort of wāhine Māori sculptors.

Toi Māori Aotearoa is pleased to announce the successful applicants to this programme: 

Alix Ashworth, Piri Cowie, Anikaaro Harawira,
Tessa Harris, Chris Harvey, Samsara Jade,
Te Huarahi Rangimarie McDowell, Hanie Mauheni, 
Ngaroma Riley, Keri-Mei Zagrobelna 


“I'm excited about learning new mātauranga under the mentorship of Rangi Kipa, keeping up with my art practice and connecting with wahine Māori Ringatoi. Ngā mihi Toi Māori”. 
- Te Huarangi Rangimarie McDowell

“The opportunity to engage and get feedback in terms of design, technical application and toi mahi is priceless. As a solitary maker I believe that by being awarded this menteeship to evolve my mahi and concepts in a safe Te Ao Māori environment and framework will also support in learning to navigate what it is to be a Māori maker in this current climate”. 
- Keri-Mei Zagrobelna

Highlights: June - September 2020

Te Māramatanga Aoao Nui: Kaaterina and
Tai Kerekere

Toi Māori Gallery
17 July – 21 August 2020

Kaaterina Kerekere speaking about the exhibition to her 2020 New Zealand Leadership Programme cohort.

Awesome Hauiti!
- Baye Riddell (visitor comment)

Toi Māori Aotearoa were delighted to work with Tolaga Bay-based artists, Kaaterina and Tai Kerekere, to present a suite of recently produced art works in association with Matariki. Te Māramatanga Aoao Nui is a name given to a particular kind of winter light and appropriately introduced light as both a guiding concept for exhibition and a material employed in the art works. 

At the well-attended artists’ talk on Saturday 18 July, Kaaterina and Tai Kerekere discussed the genesis of their individual and collaborative art works brought together in the exhibition. Kaaterina spoke to her digitally animated pēpeha, Takuahiroa 2019, as a document of her journey as a student at Toihoukura, arts professional in Wellington, returning home to her Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti turangawaewae at Uawa, and taking a moko kauwae early this year. Tai Kerekere also related his immaculately constructed clear acrylic lightboxes to his transformative education in whakairo rākau and evolved through post-graduate study at Toihoukura as a visual experiment responding to the essential form and function of pou. 

This exhibition again proved the value of Toi Māori Aotearoa offering a space for Māori artists to present their work in central Wellington, attracting both local and national visitors and showcasing the depth of talent cultivated by these exemplary Māori artists. 

Exhibition webpage:

Ringa Toi Exhibition 2020 Student Exhibition Asteron Centre, 55 Featherston St, Wellington
19 September - 2 October

Left to right: Tamahou Temara, Cambridge Moore, Tracey Morgan and Michael te Kurapa (Trident High School, Whakatane)

Since 2016 Toi Māori Aotearoa has supported New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to present Ringa Toi, an annual showcase of mahi toi by secondary school students working at NCEA excellence level. 

Developed by Tracey Morgan, NZQA Assessment and Moderation Facilitator and Deputy Chair of the Toi Māori Aotearoa Board of Trustees, Ringa Toi 2020 opened under Level 1 at the Asteron Centre Wellington on Tuesday 19 September and is open free to the public until Friday 2 October 2020.

The exhibition was opened by Tamahou Temara, Toi Māori Aotearoa Programmes Manager, and Ngarini Katipa of NZQA, supported by tauira, pouako and whānau from around the motu. Wonderful examples of raranga, whakairo, digital creation, photography and printmaking are displayed with Toi Māori Aotearoa supporting commended and highly commended awards across categories.  

For more information see: 

Te Whē Launch 
Tukorehe Marae, Kuku
24 September 2020

After two years of development Te Whē ki Tukorehe Māori Literature Journal was launched at Tukorehe Marae at Kuku on Thursday 24 September.  

Te Whē ki Tukorehe wānanga, Tukorehe marae, February 2020

With a new vision for creating Māori literature Anahera Gildea and Nadine Anne Hura, members of Te Hā Māori Writers Committee, led a series of wānanga based at Tukorehe marae for wāhine Māori writers. Inspired by the kōrero of te haukainga nō Tukorehe and supported by their whānau, the writers produced new work that features in the inaugural issue with all printed copies given as koha to the marae and contributors.  

The first issue of the journal features work by: Anne-Marie Te Whiu, Anne Waapu, Annette Morehu, Arihia Latham, Ataria Sharman, Becky Manawatu, Cassandra Barnett, Emma Espiner, Kahu Kutia, Kirsty Dunn, Michelle Rahurahu, Miriama Gemmell, Nadine Anne Hura, Nicole Titihuia Hawkins, Renee, Ruby Mae Hinepunui Solly, Sinead Overbye, Te Kahureremoa Taumata.

The Journal will be available online shortly.

Te Whē ki Tukorehe Māori Literature Journal launch

Waitohu: Wāhine Reclaiming the Ink 
National Library of New Zealand, Wellington
26 September 2020

The National Library of New Zealand, in collaboration with Toi Māori Aotearoa and Te Hā Kaituhi Māori held the event 'Waitohu: Wāhine Reclaiming the Ink' on Saturday 26 September.  

From left to right: Te Kahureremoa Taumata, Anahera Gildea, Khali Phillip-Barbara and Nadine Anne Hura

Faciltated by Te Kahureremoa Taumata and Khali Phillip-Barbara the event focused on moko kauae, mana wāhine activism and the experiences of wāhine to have received moko. Presenters Honiana Love, Anahera Gildea, Emma Espiner, Laura O’Connell-Rapira, Sian Montgomery-Neutze and Glenis Phillip-Barbara spoke on their experiences with moko kauae, answered questions from the audience and read their poetry inspired by the kaupapa of mana wāhine and their reclamation of moko. 

Held in the Taiwhanga Kahau auditorium at the National Library where Te Tiriti o Waitangi is housed, the event was a timely reminder of the path that has been forged before us by wāhine Māori and their strength to fight for their people and communities. 

Upcoming Events
Kāhui Whiritoi, Te Puia, Rotorua, 2008

Kāhui Whiritoi Gathering at Te Puia, Rotorua
Te Puia, Rotorua
23 - 24 October 2020

Te Kāhui Whiritoi is the grouping of master weavers conferred by Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa and the New Zealand Māori Art and Crafts Institute at Te Puia. The biennial gathering of Te Kāhui Whiritoi will be held at Te Puia, Rotorua at Labour weekend and will see our master weavers discuss the status of Māori weaving and prepare for their forthcoming exhibition at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna Waiwhetu in July 2021.  

Learn more about Te Kāhui Whiritoi:
Whenua Ūkaipō: Connectedness
United Nations 75th Anniversary Art Exhibition

The Public Trust Building, 131-135 Lambton Quay, Wellington
Opens 31 October 2020

Curated by Te Ātinga Committee member, Piri Cowie, and facilitated by Coexistence Wellington Whenua Ūkaipō: Connectedness presents the work of seventeen artists to generate cross-cultural dialogue on the United National Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) contributing to the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. By foregrounding the work of Māori artists including Margaret Aull, Gabrielle Belz, Simon Kaan, Theresa Reihana, Baye Riddell, Paula Rigby and Sherre Willman, Whenua Ūkaipō speaks directly to the SDG of 'Life on Land' from a Māori cultural perspective with the project recently receiving commendation from Fabrizio Hochschild-Drummond, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General.

To view this message and learn more about this project see: 


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