May 12, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Contemporary Maori artworks come from Massey University to Mangere

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Work from Massey Universitys noted Te Putahia Toi School of Maori Studies will be making its way from Palmerston North to Auckland for an exhibition to be held at Mangere Arts Centre Nga Tohu o Uenuku this month.

Waiting for the next tide (detail) (2010) Rongomaiaia Te Whaiti
Waiting for the next tide (detail) (2010) Rongomaiaia Te Whaiti

For the exhibition Toioho ki Mangere, students Jacob Davey, Rongomaiaia Te Whaiti and Kristy Theobald, staff Robert Jahnke, Rachael Rakena, Ngataiharuru Taepa, Israel Tangaroa Birch and 2011 Artist in Residence Shane Cotton will be presenting works in a dynamic and diverse show spanning the centres two galleries.

Responding to the theme of mana tangata, the artists express their individual responses to contemporary issues including tino rangatiratanga, identity politics, hybridity and ethnicity. Their processes range from installation, to action painting, to transformation of fields of vision.

Mangere Arts Centre Nga Tohu o Uenuku Visual Arts Manager James Pinker says that the exhibition brings together some of the major players in Maori contemporary art to Mangere for the first time.

We see the return of Dr. Robert Jahnke to a rohe where he once taught, and are honoured to welcome Rachael Rakena, who has exhibited at the prestigious Venice Biennale and Shane Cotton, Te Putahia Toi Artist in Residence, to Mangere. Alongside these senior artists we also have graduates from this distinct school, who are making their way in a strong and confident manner.

goodmourning (2010) Jacob Davey
goodmourning (2010) Jacob Davey

The Toioho ki Apiti Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts programme at Te Putahi aToi was first offered in 1995, and was the first indigenous fine arts degree in the world. The programme has produced a number of notable alumni, with artists, scholars and arts commentators working commercially and in the public sector in New Zealand and around the world.

Toioho ki Mangere opens with a function on 11 March and runs until 22 April.


  • What: Toioho ki Mangere
  • Where: Gallery 1 & 2, Mangere Arts Centre Nga Tohu o Uenuku
  • When: Opening Friday 11 March 2011, 6pm.
  • Exhibition 12 March – 22 April

Public programme event: Mangere Arts Centre Nga Tohu o Uenuku will be open late for White Night on 12 March, 6.00 10.30pm

  • Featured image details: Bastard (2010) Kristy Theobald

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