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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. 

Toi Matarau

at the Māoriland Hub

68 Main Street Ōtaki

While Toi Matarau is closed in ALERT LEVEL 3
Our online store is open 

Whiti Ora

July 30 – August 28

A showcase of high quality traditional and contemporary Toi Māori

Open 11 am – 4 pm Monday to Saturday

Including —

Ngā Aho Whenua Residency Weavers collective Pip Devonshire and Sonia Snowden

Artists of the ART Confederation (Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Āti Awa and Ngāti Raukawa)

Invited Artists of Te Tairāwhiti

‘Whiti Ora’ is a group exhibition at the Māoriland Hub where artists shine their creativity under the auspicious constellation of Matariki.
Opening Friday, July 30 Whiti Ora! exhibitors are a combination of Toi Matarau artists, Ngā Aho Whenua Residency weavers collective Pip Devonshire and Sonia Snowden, artists of the ART Confederation of Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Āti Awa and Ngāti Raukawa as well as invited artists of Te Tairāwhiti.
A showcase of high quality traditional and contemporary toi Māori profiling the artists, the Toi Matarau Gallery and Māoriland as a centre of Māori and Indigenous excellence and innovation.

‘Whiti Ora’ is one of the closing events of the Matariki Lighting the Beacons Festival running for the month of July across the entire Kāpiti Coast. Matariki Lighting the Beacons Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts festival in celebration of the rising of Matariki supported by multiple community events.
Toi Matarau is housed at the Māoriland Hub and is committed to increasing awareness and the importance of toi Māori, the Wharepora (house of fine arts and textiles) across diverse communities, businesses and corporates of Kāpiti, the greater Wellington region, Horowhenua and Manawatū.

Nathaniel Nathan

Nā Matariki ngā putunga hua
Nā Matariki ngā putunga hou
NĀ Matariki ngā ringa toi o toi
Matarau i whiti ora anō ai

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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