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Toi Matarau 2021

Ko te auahatanga, te pūmanawa o te toi whakaaro

Creativity, the intrinsic thread of artistic excellence 

Experience Toi Māori from traditional and contemporary artists both emerging and established.   Toi Matarau at the Māoriland Hub is a home for Māori and Indigenous artists to connect within a diverse community of like minded creatives.  Where visual storytelling continues to support and enrich social and economic well-being.

At MFF2021 Toi Matarau will celebrate its third annual exhibition of toi Māori with artists from the ART Confederation (Ngāti Raukawa, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Toarangatira)and across Aotearoa. Visitors can expect to see a – range of mediums such as; clay works, body adornment, weaving, carving (stone, pounamu, wood), sculpture, textile design, digital art, paintings, prints, photography, ink work, portraiture, books, as well as gift cards and film festival merchandise.     

Toi Matarau at the Māoriland Hub

68 Main Street Ōtaki
Opens March 24
11 am – 4 pm – Monday – Saturday 

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We are honoured to present Ngā Aho Whenua, a year-long residency at the Māoriland Hub with renown master weaver Sonia Snowden (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Hine) and Pip Devonshire (Ngāti Raukawa) with support from Creative NZ. Our first Artists in Residence will be demonstrating their mahi during MFF2021. 

Toi Moko

The ancient tradition of storytelling embedded in skin is an iconic artform and brand of the Māoriland Film Festival.  Observe the practice or book in with Te Kāhui Tōrea toi moko artist, Tipi Wehipeihana (Ngāti Tūkorehe).  Enquiries can be directed to Maakarita Paku


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Awhina Osborne

Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Tukorehe

The first rangatahi artist in residence at the Māoriland Film Festival, Āwhina is an environmental artist specialising in the personification of the natural Māori world.  Nurtured by whānau, her love for Papatūanuku (Earth Mother) is her source.

Awhina is guided by her parents and is mentored by many whānau members who support her in pursuing her passion to draw and become an artist.

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Darcy Nicholas

Taranaki, Te Āti Awa

Artist, writer and art administrator, Darcy has been involved in the contemporary Māori art movement since the 1960s.  His artwork is about his relationship to the land and his connection to the people.  His work is held in both public and private collections around the world.  

In 2013 he was presented with the supreme award for for his services to Māori art – Te Tohu mō Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu Te Waka Toi Exemplary Award. 

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Elaine Bevan

Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Wehiwehi, Ngāti Tukorehe

Elaine enjoys sharing and learning alongside others who have a passion for weaving and the continuation of its survival as functional and evolving works of art.  She prefers to work with traditional plant materials because they demand more time, patience and skill in the creative process which is also more challenging.  Elaine’s weaving has been shown in many significant exhibition events both nationally and internationally.

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Gabrielle Belz

Te Āti Awa, Ngapuhi

Trained as a commercial artist, Gabrielle is a full-time painter and printmaker and Toi Iho™ licenced artist.  She services a number of art communities around the country, such as Te Atinga, Ngā Puna Waihanga, Kauwae, Toi a Manukau, Pūkeko and many others.  Gabrielle has shown her work extensively internationally in the UK, USA and Canada.  

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Greg Moffat 

Ngāti Raukawa

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Huhana Smith

Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Raukawa Te Au ki Te Tonga, Te Rangitāwhia, Te Mateawa, Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti ki Kuku

Currently, Dr Huhana Smith is Head of School of Art | Whiti o Rehua within the College of Creative Arts, Toi Rauwharangi, Massey University, Wellington. Huhana is an artist, curator and academic, where kaitiakitanga (environmental guardianship) issues have always been her passion. 

She is a member of the Kei Uta Collective which includes Te Waituhi a Nuku: Drawing Ecologies work.  A group who forefront key climate change and environmental issues, and respond artistically/or with design to all three phases of the Deep South research findings. Each participant acts as embedded artists/designers within the Kuku, Horowhenua site and extremely dedicated to finding artistic/design solutions as visual bridges between complex climate change sciences, Mātauranga Māori, korero tuku iho, iwi/hapū as key communities of interest.

The main focus of all Te Waituhi a Nuku: Drawing Ecologies research, art and design practices are to benefit future generations, and be change agents for the planet.

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Karl Leonard

Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Raukawa

Keri-Mei Zagrobelna

Te Āti Awa, Te Whānau a Apanui

Keri-Mei’s medium is adornment and jewellery based.  As a part of her art practice she presents  lectures and tutors.  A co-founder of the Hine-Pae-Kura Collective, formed to offer opportunities to new emerging Māori female artists. 

Her biggest aspiration in life is to set up a scholarship programme for young Māori jewellers encouraging development within this field.

Her work aesthetic represents the connectivity to her immediate environment and upbringing speaking of cultural communication and interpersonal relationships through the language of jewellery.  

Kiriti Moore

Taranaki, Te Āti Awa, Rongowhakaata

Kiriti grew up in Hawke’s Bay where her mother was a metal artist and allowed her the space to develop her creativity.  Currently Kiriti is studying Toi Whakarākai at Te Wānanga o Raukawa in Ōtaki.  During the Covid-19 lockdown Kiriti enjoyed being able to weave in between looking after her 3 year old son making a muka face mask.  She hopes to keep weaving and creating as long as her hands will let her.

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Leah Warbrick

Ngāti Raukawa

Lucy Hakaraia de Young

Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Kapu

Michelle Hinekura Kerr

Ngāti Raukawa, Te Aitanga a Hauiti

Michelle grew up in Uawa and comes from a family of kairaranga.  Her grandmother Madeleine Tangohau and wider family have been hugely influential in her weaving practice and has been weaving seriously for the past 15 years.  Wearable Arts is one of her passions, a strong feature in her weaving.  Michelle is also a painter who enjoys the dreamlike aspects of surrealism, inspired by pūrākau, current affairs and the natural world. 


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Pat Hakaraia

Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kapu

Pip Devonshire

Ko Tainui te waka

Ko Ngāti Raukawa te iwi

Ko Ngāti Manomano, Ngāti Te Au ngā hapū

Currently, Pip is a recipient of the first Ngā Aho Whenua weavers’ residency in the Toi Matarau Gallery at Māoriland alongside Sonia Snowden.  Harakeke and muka are the fibres she generally weaves with and has taught with when she was a tutor at Te Wānanga o Raukawa for the Toi Whakarākai programme.

Early influences were her tūpuna kuia Rangimahora Reihana Mete and Ranginui Parewahawaha Leonard.

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Rapana Kopa

Ngāti Raukawa ki Whare Puhunga

Rautini Thompson

Ko Tainui te waka

Ko Ōtaki te awa

Ko Te Pou o Tainui te marae

Ko Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti te hapū o Ngāti Raukawa Te Au ki Te Tonga

Rautini is a 2D animator, children’s book illustrator and artist working as the MATCH co-ordinator at Māoriland.  She is passionate about storytelling and wants to create her own cartoon series.

Taryn Beri

Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toarangatira, Te Āti Awa, Kai Tahu

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Te Ihiroa Oranga Whenua

Ngāti Raukawa, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Toarangatira

Known as Ihi, he is the artist for the cover of the MFF2021 programme book and a graduate of the first intake of MATCH artists at Māoriland in Ōtaki. Ihi is a dreamer and his puna are te taiao and te kūao.  He comes from a whānau of artists, exposed to the arts from a very young age, a contributor to the whānau business, Te Ihiroa Designs founded by his mother in 2001.

Te Uinga Mahutonga

Ngāti Raukawa, Te Arawa, Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Taranaki, Ngāti Mahuta

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Tracey Morgan

Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Mutunga

Tracey Patete

Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Kuia

Tracey’s weaving is inspired by the taiao and all colours and forms of Papatūanuku.  She is fascinated with traditional kete whakairo patterns, always striving to expand on her techniques whether with her preparation or use of patterns.

Whiria te tangata ka puta he oranga, whiria ngā mahi toi ka puta te tino rangatiratanga.

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Vianney Parata

Ngāti Toarangatira, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Kahungunu

Based in Pōneke, Vianney works fulltime as a Tāmoko and freelance artist.  Her strength lies in contemporary Māori abstract painting. She is fascinated by kōwhaiwhai, tukutuku and whakairo designs and the blueprints contained within. She enjoys deconstructing and reconstructing patterns in a way that upholds the original mauri of the design in order to create something new. The objective of her work is to provide some insight into the way that she views those patterns and designs internally, with a primary focus on her own whānau, hapū and iwi kōrero.

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Wirihana Kiriona

Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Manomano, Ngāti Huia

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Te Matatoki returns! A collective of our nation’s foremost carvers along with graduates and students from across  Aotearoa.  This demonstration project is led by Fayne Robinson (Kai Tahu, Te Arawa) and Lewis Gardiner (Kai Tahu, Te Arawa, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Awa).  This year, Te Matatoki continues a collaboration with local carvers in the making of a waka tētē.  Visit the Te Matatoki site at the Māoriland Maara to find out more about the purpose and uses of waka tētē.


Ngā Hau e Wha

Alex Nathan

Ko Maunganui te maunga
Ko Waipoua te awa
Ko Kawerua to moana
Ko Matatina te marae
Ko Tuohu te whare
Ko Manumanu te tangata
Ko Te Roroa te iwi

Exquisite works by Toi Iho™ licenced artist Alex Nathan reflects his process of exploration and interpretation of traditional designs and motifs using non-traditional materials, hand-constructed from sterling silver and Tahitian mother of pearl shell.  

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Aria Parker

Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Uepoto

Atareta Rerekohu Black

Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Rongowhakaata

Atareta’s current practice is tā kupenga, inspired her kuia who encouraged her to explore harakeke.  From a whānau of weavers and fishermen the kaupapa of her work reflects the combination of customary Māori practice using traditional materials with contemporary toi Māori.  It uses traditional Māori net-making techniques such as tā kupenga to strengthen her connection with whenua, moana and taiao through mātauranga Māori and whakapapa.

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Awatea Crawford

Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou

Ben Jolley

Te Arawa

Chani Areaiiti

Mangaia, Ngāi Tūhoe, Kai Tahu

Charlotte Graham

Taranaki, Ngāti Māhuta, Ngāti Paoa, Ngāi Tai, Ngāti Tamaoho, Scotland

Diane Prince

Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua

Erena Koopu

Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Awa

Erena is a painter and Māori performing artist whose works are influenced by Te Ao Māori with a focus on retelling iwi narratives. Erena uses her position as senior lecturer to broaden knowledge of toi Māori through teaching and engagement at Toihoukura, School of Māori visual art in Tūranga.

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Erihāpeti McPherson

Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Scotland

From the rohe of Mohua, Te Waipounamu, Erihāpeti crafts taonga (body adornments) made from natural materials sourced locally under the authority of mana whenua of her marae and hapū.  Taonga are made from whalebone, pounamu and the plumes of native birds.

Whakakai Tui_Erihapeti McPherson

Georgia Gifford

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tūhoe

Hiwirori Maynard

Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tūhoe

Hohepa Thompson

Ngāti Kahungunu

Lacey Bartlett

Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Te Whakatōhea

A graduate of Toihoukura, Lacey is a passionate weaver, inspired by her own personal journey and thought patterns. Whilst the aesthetics of raranga are always evident in her work, Lacey expresses her creativity by blending traditional techniques and resources with contemporary concepts. 

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Lee Olsen

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tūhoe

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

Te Whānau a Apanui, Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Kai Tahu

In 1995 Lewis became a fulltime pounamu and bone carver specialising in traditional Māori imagery using pounamu.  He looks to design unique pieces using various types and colours of pounamu, including jade sourced from other countries.  Lewis is a Toi Iho™ licenced artist, his work can be found in his studio, Rakai Jade in Rotorua.

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Lorna Tawhiti

Ngāi Te Rangi, Waikato Tainui

Considering herself an artist-in-training, Lorna spent 30+ years developing her creativity and artistic style which evolves constantly. Training in visual arts she explored more in commercial graphic art and design. Two significant ‘pulls’ in her life from an early age were to become a tattoo artist and teacher. With nearly 20 years of teaching behind her she went on to become a tāmoko artist and has since combined both her graphic and computer art experience to create artworks in tattoo and digital art form.
Typically, Lorna’s art has fine lined detail and is inspired by femininity pertaining to whānau, te ao Māori, nature, mana wāhine, memories and spiritual themes.

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Natasha Keating

Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Haunui a Paparangi, Ngāi Tūhoe

Sian Montgomery-Neutze

Ngāi Tara, Muāupoko

A freelance artist specialising in tāmoko, Sian is also a writer and translator of te reo Māori.  She has worked as a mātauranga Māori and visual arts teacher, resource and assessment developer, cultural advisor and project co-ordinator.

Sian comes from a whānau of artists and has exhibited throughout Aotearoa, Australia, Rarotonga, USA, Canada and Tāhiti. 

The Artist

Sonia Snowden

Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Wai, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Whātua

Sonia started weaving in the early 1980s, taught the art of making whāriki by Emily Schuster of Te Arawa.  A remarkable and most talented woman.  Sonia has been teaching and weaving ever since, taking her on a wonderful journey.  Harakeke has been Sonia’s friend for many, many years. Weaving with others fills her kete, so through teaching, she hopes sharing her knowledge fills other people’s kete too.

Her kete have been exhibited nationally and internationally, held in both public and private collections.

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Sophia Parun

Kai Tahu

Stacy Gordine

Ngāti Porou

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Stevei Houkamau

Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau a Apanui, Scotland

Born and raised in Porirua, Stevei is a graduate of Toihoukura.  Originally planning to enter the tāmoko programme, she instead developed her love for uku from Wi Taepa, Baye Riddell and the late Manos Nathan of Ngā Kaihanga Uku, collective of Māori clayworkers.

She has exhibited both nationally and internationally where her work is held in collection in Aotearoa and abroad.  Recently Stevei opened her first public solo show at Pātaka Art+Museum in Porirua titled ‘He Kākano’ and has been described by director Reuben Friend as ‘The most unique body of work seen in Māori Ceramics in the last 10 years’

Suzanne Tamaki

Te Arawa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Maniapoto

Tame Iti

Ngāi Tūhoe

Tame Iti is known as many things… Activist, Artist, Terrorist and Cyclist. Literally wearing his Tuhoe heritage on his face, Iti is hard to miss in a crowd despite being just 5ft 4″ tall. His 40 year history of controversial and theatrical displays of political expression have included pitching a tent on parliament grounds and calling it the Maori embassy, Shooting a national flag in front of government officials and the curious spate of public meetings where he appeared with a ladder so as to speak eye to eye with officials who were seated on stage. Iti explores how the old saying of “Te ka nohi ki te ka nohi” (Dealing with it eye to eye) creates a far more productive space for open dialogue around any issue. “No one can tell you that you are not important and your experience does not matter and if they do… I challenge them to say it to your face… where they can see your eyes and feel your breath.”

Lorna Tawhiti

Ngāi Te Rangi, Waikato Tainui

Considering herself an artist-in-training, Lorna spent 30+ years developing her creativity and artistic style which evolves constantly. Training in visual arts she explored more in commercial graphic art and design. Two significant ‘pulls’ in her life from an early age were to become a tattoo artist and teacher. With nearly 20 years of teaching behind her she went on to become a tāmoko artist and has since combined both her graphic and computer art experience to create artworks in tattoo and digital art form.
Typically, Lorna’s art has fine lined detail and is inspired by femininity pertaining to whānau, te ao Māori, nature, mana wāhine, memories and spiritual themes.