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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. 

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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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Ngā Aho Whenua Residency

Threads of the land, weaving people, places, and ideas together forming a vibrant woven fabric to nurture future generations of weavers.

Ngā Aho Whenua is a 12-month residency with weavers Sonia Snowden (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Whātua) and Pip Devonshire (Ngāti Raukawa). The aim of this residency is to enable our community to experience high-quality arts through interactions with two renowned exponents of toi Māori as they create new works. 

This kaupapa is an expression of the trust’s commitment towards the first of many steps building succession; capability and capacity in the realm of Te Whare Pora, Whatu and Raranga.  Specially designed to manaaki – provide administrative, curatorial and wrap-around support for the first Artist in Residence programme in the Toi Matarau Gallery, at the Māoriland Hub in Ōtaki.    

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Māoriland Hub

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.

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