Toi Māori Aotearoa | E-Newsletter March 2021 | Issue #1
Toi Māori Aotearoa Newsletter #1
March 2021
25 years of Toi Māori Aotearoa

On 3 March 2021 we marked twenty five years since the launch of Toi Māori Aotearoa with the release of a newly-digitised video documenting the official ceremony in the context of the Patua: Māori Arts in Action exhibition (3 -28 March 1996) at City Gallery Wellington as part of Te Toka-a-Toi, the Māori season of the New Zealand Festival of the Arts. 

Message from the Toi Māori Chairman

On Tuesday 16 March 2021 I attended a function hosted by the Board of Te Papa Tongarewa, which brought together the Chairs of arts and cultural organisations throughout Aotearoa.

We learned more about the future vision of our national museum, shared the work of our respective organisations and I engaged with many leaders who champion the development of Māori art. 

This event also provided an opportunity to witness the rich network of relationships held by Toi Māori Aotearoa at a national governance level; our strong affiliations with Te Matatini, significant collaborations with Te Papa Tongarewa and the partnerships we share with Creative New Zealand, Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Arts, Culture and Heritage.

Left to right: Herewini Parata (Te Matatini Chair), Trevor Maxwell, Fran Wilde (Te Papa Board Chair), Arapata Hakawai (Kaihautū, Te Papa Tongarewa)

I left this event with a clear perspective on the achievements and standing of Toi Māori Aotearoa over twenty-five years of operation and a heightened sense of opportunity for toi Māori in the foreseeable future.

While COVID-19 may have shortened our horizons we have much to feel grateful about and Toi Māori Aotearoa is facing this landmark year with a great sense of optimism and energy.

Trevor Horowaewae Maxwell MNZM
Chairman, Toi Māori Aotearoa Board of Trustees

Statement from the Acting General Manager, Tamahou Temara

Tēnā koutou e ngā peka me ngā pirita o Toi Māori e whiri nei i ngā kaupapa toi o tēra aho, o tēra muka.  Kua paihere i a tātau ki te aka matua o tēnei waka e whakatere nei i ngā aupiki me ngā auheke o te moana tāpokopoko o Tāwhaki, e puta ai te pitau whakarei o nga mahi toi ki te whaiaō, ki te ao mārama, tihei mauriora!

Since being in the role of Acting General Manager for the last three months, we’ve launched into the year with gusto and forged ahead with plans to reinvigorate and restrengthen the many facets, branches and network of the Toi Māori Aotearoa Group.  This Group includes our three Boards, eight National Art Form Committees, Kāhui Kaumātua o Toi Māori, Te Kāhui Whiri Toi and other Māori artists who comprise of the complex structure of Toi Māori Aotearoa.  

Our planning includes the maintenance of our relationships and vast connections with our international network of indigeneous artists via digital platforms under COVID-19 and takes into account the concept of ‘Te Aho Mutunga Kore,’ a thread that has been sown from so long ago, he pēnei i te kākāno i ruia mai i Rangiatea, e kore e motu i taua here.

I hope you enjoy the strategic updates that come out of the office, in regard to committee projects and activities, government agency interaction and the various proposals from other organisations to work collaboratively to advance the Toi Māori Group.

No reira, tau arai o te pō, tītoko ki te ao mārama. Te hunga mate kua whai nei i te taiahiahi, moe mai, okioki. Tātau te hunga ora e whai nei i te taiawatea, toi tū, toi ora, toi māori.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa

Tamahou Temara
Acting General Manager, Toi Māori Aotearoa

Introducing Te Kirikātōkia Rangihau, Programmes Administrator

Tēnā koutou katoa, 

Tēnā koutou i runga i ngā manaakitanga o te rungarawa, e manaaki nei ia tātou. Ngā maioha atu ki te wāhi ngaro, haere, haere, okioki atu. Kia tātou te kanohi ora e whakatairanga nei i tō tātou Māoritanga, koutou ngā tāniwhaniwha e pupuri nei i te mauri, i ngā tikanga a wō tātou tāonga tuku iho,  kia ora tātou katoa. 

Ko wai ahau?

Ko Te Kirikātōkia Rangihau ahau, taketake au i ngā kāwai whakaheke o Ruatāhuna, anei rā a Tūhoe-pōtiki, otirā, a Whakaue-kaipāpā e mihi atu nei. 

He aha waku mahi?

I am a full-time, third year student at Te Herenga Waka University, studying a Bachelor of Commerce, with a conjoint major in Management and Te Reo. I’m also the newest member of the Toi Māori Aotearoa whānau, working part-time as the Programme Administrator. 

Hei whakakapi

I am humbled and extremely privileged to be part of Toi Māori and their vital contributions to te ao Māori and all its art forms. Because of this opportunity, I’m able to uphold the tradition of ‘taonga tuku iho’, whilst still developing knowledge and skills along the way.    

“Ko te manu kai i te miro, nōna te ngahere, ko te manu kai i te mātauranga, nōna te ao.”

Te Kirikātōkia Rangihau
Programmes Administrator

Ngā Kaihanga Uku publication

'Toa II' (left) and 'Toa I' (right) by Baye Riddell, 'Ara Mai Nuku' exhibition 2020

We are pleased to announce a major project for 2021. In partnership with Te Papa Press, with Baye Riddell as principle author and featuring new photography by Norm Heke, we are producing a major publication on the history and practice of Ngā Kaihanga Uku. This publication, scheduled for release in 2022, will detail the evolution of the Māori ceramic artists collective, profile the founding members, Ngā Toko Rima, and introduce the next generation. We would also like to acknowledge project sponsorship from the Blumhardt Foundation – kia ora! 

Waitangi Waka Pageant 2021

Ngātokimatawhaorua at Te Korowai ā Maikuku, Waitangi 2021

Since 1990 Ngā Waka Federation have hosted a national gathering of kaihoe at Waitangi in preparation for the annual Waitangi Day waka pageant, which celebrates the unity of te iwi Māori in our partnership with the Crown. 

Against the pressures created by rising COVID-19 alert levels, Ngā Waka Federation held strong to deliver an event that captivated the imagination of the nation and yielded meaningful developments for kaupapa waka, mātauranga Māori and rangatahi Māori.

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern (centre) with Ngā Waka Federation Chairman Robert Gabel (centre left) and kaihoe at Tent City, Thursday 4 February 2021. Image: Ethan Smith

For the third year running, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern visited Ngā Waka Federation and kaihoe at Tent City and pledged her support for the teaching of kaupapa waka as part of the national education curriculum. Kaupapa waka also gained unprecedented coverage on mainstream national news media for the duration of the kaihoe wānanga leading to the launching of waka on Friday 6 February 2021.

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern (right) speaking at the opening of He Kaupapa Waka, Thursday 4 February 2021

This annual event was also lifted by the exhibition, He Kaupapa Waka, at Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi. The exhibition featured a series of photographs of the 2020 Waitangi Day commemorations by Te Rawhitiroa Bosch, which documented the 80th year anniversary of the launching of Ngātokimatawhaorua, the waka taua built for the centenary of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in 1940. This exhibition project also involved the completion and presentation of two waka taua created under the leadership of Tā Hekenukumai Pūhipi (Sir Hector Busby, 1932-2019) with the exhibition opening serving as a moment of commemoration and celebration of the revival of waka in Aotearoa.

Te Hono ki Aotearoa 10 year Anniversary
Video Release

Since 2010 Dutch kaihoe and kaitiaki for Te Hono ki Aotearoa, the waka taua based in Leiden, The Netherlands, have been hosted by Ngā Waka Federation at Waitangi and supported to attend the annual kaihoe wānanga and participate in the Waitangi Day waka pageant. This important cultural exchange sustains the ongoing relationship between the Dutch and Māori forged through kaupapa waka and the subject of the new documentary that premiered on Waitangi Day 2021.

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Produced by acclaimed Māori film maker, Wiremu Grace (Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai, Ngāti Porou), Te Hono ki Aotearoa – Celebrating the Strong Bonds between the Netherlands and Aotearoa tells the story of Te Hono ki Aotearoa in Leiden and provides valuable insights about the Dutch experiences of Waitangi and their learnings through kaupapa waka.

Due to COVID-19, Dutch kaihoe were prevented from attending Waitangi for the first time in a decade. However, they were represented in spirit by the Dutch Ambassador in New Zealand, Mira Woldberg, and remembered through the online premier of the documentary on Saturday 6 February 2021 (NZT).

More recently, Te Hono ki Aotearoa Dutch kaihautu and life leadership coach, Koos Wabeke, was interviewed by Te Ao Māori News about his 2020 TEDx Talk, where he reflects on his profound learnings through kaupapa waka.

Koos Wabeke TedX Talk: "What I Learned from the Māori" (2020)

Toi Māori Gallery

Atā Tū: Toi Whakaata Māori Print Collective
12 February – 26 March 2021

Atā Tū curator's talk, Saturday 13 February 2021

Toi Whakaata, the Māori Print Collective developed from the 2002 Te Ātinga Glass and Print wānanga in Whanganui and was formally established in 2006 to support Māori printmaking and encourage the acceptance of print as a process relevant to Māori kōrero.

Their exhibition, Atā Tū, curated by Toi Whakaata founding member, Gabrielle Belz, provided a rich view of their whakaaro about print as a reflection, impression and means of communication for spiritual, cultural and political ends. 

Themes of voyaging, celestial navigation and manu as divine intermediaries anchored the exhibition and featured the work of founding and new generation Toi Whakaata members.

Exhibiting artists:
Marwin Begaye (Navajo), Maude Cook-Davies (Ngāti Hine), Natalie Couch (Ngāti Tūwharetoa), Sam Farquhar (Te Ātiawa), Jasmine Horton (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Ati Haunui a Pāpārangi, Te Ātiawa), Simon Kaan (Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, Kai Tahu), Faith McManus (Ngā Puhi, Ngāi Takoto), Alexis Neal (Ngāti Awa), Kahurangi Rihari-Poa (Ngā Puhi), Paora Tiatoa (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Raukawa).

Exhibition webpage

Toi Māori Aotearoa Group Annual General Meeting:
Saturday 22 May (10 am – 12 pm)

The Toi Māori Aotearoa Annual General Meeting will be held online with the Annual Report available online and posted from Monday 17 May 2021. 


Toi Māori Gallery

Mounga: Toi o Taranaki ki te Tonga (9 April – 21 May 2021)

Formed in 2019 the collective Toi o Taranaki ki te Tonga present a selection of recent art works in a range of media that reflects their mahi under the mantle of Taranaki mounga.

Ngā Poopokorua a Rua (28 May – 10 July 2021)

Curated by Eugene Kara, this will exhibition feature the work of kaiwhakairo, which demonstrates their tireless pursuit of the legacy left by Rua Te Pupuke. 

Wishing you a safe and happy Easter weekend  

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