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Toi Matarau at MFF2021

Immerse yourself in a world of Toi Māori at MFF2021!


Ko te auahatanga, te pūmanawa o te toi whakaaro
Creativity, the intrinsic thread of artistic excellence 

The Toi Matarau Art Gallery in Otaki’s Māoriland Hub is a space to experience Indigenous art from emerging and established artists. 

During the 2021 Māoriland Film Festival, 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. 

Works from more than 50 artists will be showcased during the exhibition, where visitors can expect to see a range of mediums such as; clay works, body adornment, weaving and carving (stone, pounamu, wood), as well as sculpture, textile design, digital art, paintings, prints, photography, ink work, portraiture, and books stocked by Te Tākupu, Te Wānanga o Raukawa.

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.

We are honoured to present Ngā Aho Whenua, a year-long residency at the Māoriland Hub with renown master weaver Sonia Snowden (Ngāpuhi, 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 art form 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

Toi Matarau at the Māoriland Hub is a home for Māori and Indigenous artists to connect within a diverse community of like-minded creatives. The artworks are available for purchase from the gallery, helping to support the ongoing work of our Māori and Indigenous artists. 



Further information: 

About Māoriland Charitable Trust
Māoriland Charitable Trust grows social, economic and cultural opportunities for Māori film and creative excellence from the Māoriland Hub in Ōtaki. 

Released by We Are Pead for Māoriland Charitable Trust
For further information, please contact Adam Warin on 021 029 01388 or  



Written by

Māoriland Charitable Trust

11 Mar 2021

Māoriland presents facilitates and supports Māori and international Indigenous filmmakers and creatives. We exist for the social, economic and educational success of our community in Ōtaki through connection to the wider world of Indigenous creativity and innovation.