Expression of Interest for Te Ara i Whiti 2022

Expression of Interest is now closed! Open Date: Friday April 1 2022 Closing Date: Monday 18 April 2022 at 12PM Te Ara I Whiti: Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival is a festival with a difference. It’s an event uniquely focused on inclusion, access and authenticity, designed to use the arts to explore what it means to […]

Online Wānanga on Access & Inclusion in the Performing Arts

Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival is hosting a series of wānanga, Te Ara i te Matihiko Toi, to support local artists with digital tools and information. For our last wānanga of the series, we have brought together a talented and diverse panel to have a kōrero on the important and meaningful topic of access, inclusion, and […]


Due to the recent community outbreak of COVID-19 Omicron and the move to a Red Light in the COVID Protection Framework across Aotearoa, it is with heavy hearts that Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival’s special, postponed Summer event has been cancelled. CEO and Artistic Director Tama Waipara says, “With this already being a moved event, a […]

COVID-19 Information for Ticketholders

With 2021 coming to a close, we hope that you are spending some much-needed time with your whānau this holiday season. 2021 was definitely a year that we won’t forget – although we could do without saying “pivot” ever again! In October, we were proud to present a locally-focused session of the Te Tairāwhiti Arts […]


A night of art of art, music, kai and magic was experienced by people of all ages on Saturday 27 November at the opening event of Te Ara Patupaiarehe at Manutahi Hill, Ruatorea. The forest fairy trail is the culmination of a project led by Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Waiu o Ngāti Porou, […]

Whāngārā photographic exhibition goes online

An exhibition of photos illuminating climate change and environmental wellbeing – taken by the young student photographers of Whāngārā School – are now part of an online exhibition. The project in collaboration with Track Zero, Through the eye of the Lens Te Tairāwhiti a photographic exhibition launched at Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival, saw the students […]


Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival Chief Executive, Tama Waipara, Prime Minister Jacinda Adern and Clarke Gayford at Te Ara i Whiti, Marina Park, Gisborne, with LED Neon sculpture ‘Nightclubbing’ by Mel Tangaere Baldwin pictured in the background.

It was a warm and wonderful start to Te Tairawhiti Arts Festival 2021, which opened on Friday 8 October with the brilliance of the annual immersive light installation Te Ara i Whiti and a showcase of local musicians at the festival’s outdoor Te Pūtahi Hub, setting the city aglow.  Stopping in during a road trip to promote the COVID-19 vaccination programme to rural communities, Rt Hon. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was thankful for the opportunity to speak to festival supporters at an opening event in the Lawson Field Theatre.   The Prime Minister reinforced the importance of access to both healthcare and the arts – […]

Te Ara i Whiti Artist Feature – Tāwera

Tāwera Tahuri

Tāwera Tahuri Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Uenuku, Tūwharetoa Tāwera Tahuri is a mixed media artist covering a wide range of mediums and techniques. Influenced by the work of artist’s such as Basquiat, Klee, Picasso, Kura Te Waru Rewiri and Emere Karaka, she has produced a prolific amount of work throughout her artistic career. She […]

Te Ara i Whiti Artist Feature – Ron

Ron Tekawa Quilting

Ron TeKawa Ngāti Porou Maungarongo (Ron) TeKawa of Ngāti Porou has been working prolifically in fashion, art, community development and education across Aotearoa New Zealand for decades. Using sewing as a conduit to connect with people, his legendary workshops have given countless participants the confidence to create and express with fabric. Ron’s unique quilting style […]

Te Ara i Whiti Artist Feature – Steve

Steve Gibbs

Steve Gibbs Ngāi Tāmanuhiri Steve Gibbs is a teacher and a practicing visual artist specialising in painting and the education of kōwhaiwhai. He is an associate professor at Toihoukura, School of Māori Visual Arts and Design in the Te Hono ki Toi – Master of Creative Practice postgraduate programme. Steve is currently wrapping up his […]