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Toi is Rongoaa

9 July 2022 - 15 January 2023

Open daily 10am to 5pm

Free entry

This large-scale exhibition celebrates fourteen contemporary Maaori artists who believe in the importance of creative practice to their wellbeing. The invited artists have been supported by Creative New Zealand to make new work and share this essential kaupapa with our community.

Curated by Margaret Aull (Te Rarawa, Tuuwharetoa, Fiji) and Maree Mills (Ngaati Tuuwharetoa), these inspiring and deeply personal works explore the need for healing and self-awareness amongst the turmoil of life.

Toi is a manifestation of cultural identity that is used to interpret and disseminate knowledge. The simplest equivalent in the English language is ‘art’, a word which itself holds layers of meaning and resonance. Rongoaa, known as traditional Maaori healing, provides physical and spiritual balance through attributes of the natural world.

Fluorescent wool, clay, steel, improvised music, oil paint on canvas – the varied mediums within this exhibition showcase the transformational and holistic power of creativity.


Aimee Ratana | Dorothy Waetford | Elizabeth Gray | Eugene Kara | Hemi MacGregor | Hiria Anderson | Israel Birch | Leilani Kake | Lissy and Rudi Robinson-Cole | Louise Potiki Bryant | Margaret Aull | Natalie Robertson | Regan Balzer | Tawhanga Nopera




Koorero Toi: Hiria Anderson

1:00pm Saturday 26 November

Free event, online booking required.

Painter Hiria Anderson will discuss her artworks and give insight to her creative practice. 


Toi is Rongoaa Symposium

Friday 2 December & Saturday 3 December

$25.00 per day

Join us for koorero, presentations, and workshops in celebration of the exhibition Toi is Rongoaa. 



Education Programme

Kia ora teachers! An Education Programme is available for this exhibition. It can be tailored to all ages and is available in person and online. Find out more.