Toi Māori Arts & Fashion at Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival

In a first for the festival, Activate Auckland is supporting the curation of Toi Māori Arts & Fashion - a premiere showcase of Aotearoa’s finest contemporary Maori artists and designers.

The exhibition will feature works including art, painting, sculpture, carving, fashion design and more, and provides a platform for emerging and established artists to showcase and revitalise the Tāmaki story through the arts and fashion. This concept aims to educate and increase audience awareness of Māori Taonga (treasures); while building Māori capability through fostering new business relationships and economic outcomes for Māori.

Alongside the display of works, there will also be talks and workshops on weaving, Pacific navigation and poi making.

Tāmaki Makaurau’s unique Māori history, heritage and contemporary culture will be centre stage at the Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival on Auckland’s waterfront from Saturday 27 – Monday 29 January 2018 (Auckland Anniversary Weekend).

Tāmaki Makaurau has an extensive and rich Māori history, which links to 19 mana whenua groups. It is also home to many mātāwaka, Māori living in Auckland whose whakapapa is outside of the region. In all, Auckland is home to one quarter of New Zealand’s Māori population – more than any other region. ATEED worked with Tāmaki Makaurau mana whenua to develop and deliver the Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival which addresses Māori identity which was missing from Auckland’s event calendar and the festival is now in its third year.

Enjoy three days of traditional and contemporary Māori culture, including performances from Māori musicians and top kapa haka groups, kai (food) & crafts in the village marketplace, Māori games and kids' activities, workshops, talks and storytelling, traditional healing, ta moko and waka paddling and sailing experiences.

Image Credit: Carved Wairua Jimmy James Kouratoras, Rave On Maiden-Rosanna Raymond and Amanda Barnes 2009 & Te Tipua o Roto – The strength within, Acrylic on Canvas 2016


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Last updated: 18 June 2019