Toi Matarau is a Māori art gallery located within the Māoriland Hub in Ōtaki Aotearoa. At Toi Matarau the artist is part of a Māori collective encompassing disciplines both traditional and contemporary. It is a space where the art of tamariki is proudly displayed alongside some of our most venerated Māori artists.
The Māoriland Hub is a whare tapere – a home for the Indigenous, a home for the arts, a house of inspiration and storytelling where economic, social and cultural wellbeing is supported.
Artist Profile – RINGA TOI
Taranaki, Te Āti Awa, Rongowhakaata
Kiriti grew up in Hawke’s Bay where her mother was a metal artist. She allowed her the space to develop her creativity. In 2000 her mum won the Wearable Arts Award. On her mother’s side she is Taranaki and Rongowhakaata, on her father’s side she is from Te Āti Awa.
Currently Kiriti is studying Toi Whakarākai at Te Wānanga o Raukawa in Ōtaki. Her first teacher in year one was Pip Devonshire who taught her whatu and raranga, she fell in love with whatu immediately. Her teacher this year is Elaine Bevan. They are both amazingly talented women.
Kiriti is Inspired by whakapapa and the natural world.
During this Covid-19 lockdown Kiriti has enjoyed being able to weave in between looking after her 3 year old son Thomas and made a muka face mask. This shows the ingenuity of Māori to adapt and be innovative.
I hope I am able to keep doing this toi as long as my hands will let me.
The Māoriland Hub is a home to the Māoriland Film Festival, Māoriland Charitable Trust and Toi Matarau Gallery.
It is a home for the Indigenous, a home for the imagination, a home for ideas and conversations – he whare taketake, he whare tapere, he whare kōrero.
It is open year-round in Ōtaki Village showcasing Indigenous creativity and innovation through film, art, technology, kōrero and more.
A drawcard for visitors to the Kāpiti Coast, the Māoriland Hub is a vibrant space to create, learn and be inspired.