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Toi Matarau Gallery

Toi Matarau is located within the Māoriland Hub, He 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. 

Toi Matarau is the expression of multi mixed media Māori art, encompassing disciplines both traditional and contemporary.

The concept of the gallery originated from the Māoriland Film Festival exhibition in 2019 and went on to become established as a permanent gallery. 

Our primary focus is to support emerging, established and high profiled artists of the ART Confederation; Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira.  This includes descendants and artists living in Ōtaki, on the Kāpiti Coast, in the greater Wellington Region, Horowhenua, Manawatū, Rangitīkei, Tararua as well as those living away from their home fires.

We also network and invite Māori and Indigenous creatives locally, nationwide and abroad to participate in kaupapa exhibitions and events.

Māoriland Hub

68 Main Street
New Zealand


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From Friday December 3 2022 all visitors to the Māoriland Hub will be required to present a valid Vaccine Pass and Photo ID. This includes entry to Toi Matarau Gallery. 

When you visit us please; 

  • Wear a mask 
  • Sign in using the Government Tracing App. If you do not have a smartphone, we have a sign-in box for you to use. 
  • If you have any symptoms of cold/flu or COVID-19, if you’re awaiting a COVID-19 test result or have been asked to self-isolate please stay home
  • When inside the Māoriland Hub, please ensure that you remain 1 metre away from others at all times. 

If you do not have a Vaccine Pass, you can still shop at Toi Matarau online.  

Māori woman stands in front of artwork. Woman pictured is Kaitiaki Toi, Maakarita Paku

Maakarita Paku

Kaitiaki Toi – Project curator of Toi Matarau gallery and exhibition events

Muriwhenua, Te Aitanga ā Hauiti, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu, Lakota Oyate

A self-taught freelance artist of 34 years based in Ōtaki.  In 2001 Maakarita established Te Ihiroa Designs Ltd. as a whānau Māori owned and operated business specialising in contemporary Māori visual arts, mixed media, fashion – Tribal Fibres and film.  She became a licensed Toi Iho artist in 2003 in fashion design and visual arts in 2015.  Her works have been exhibited in galleries, museums and venues throughout Aotearoa and abroad with many pieces held in private collections.  She teaches part-time as an immersion Māori art teacher at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito in Ōtaki while the remainder of her time is dedicated to her role as kaitiaki toi at the Māoriland Hub.  Maakarita is responsible for visual arts orientated projects and events.  This involves liaising and mentoring artists, creating arts related educational content delivery for tamariki and rangatahi in Ōtaki as well as managing the Toi Matarau Gallery. 

Aronga Toi:  Toi Matarau (mixed media), visual arts, textile design

Learning:  Bachelor of Māori Management Administration, Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Ōtaki


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