Expression of Interest for Te Ara i Whiti 2023

Open date: Wednesday February 1st 2023 Closing date: Thursday March 16th 2023 Online Information Session on 14 Feb at 5:30PM: Application: 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 […]

Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival Looks Toward A New Horizon

The essence of Māui is coming to life in more ways than one this October through Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival who are proud to be presenting a special season of Rutene Spooner’s brand new cabaret show Thoroughly Modern Māui. Spooner knocked festivalgoers socks off in 2020 with his sold out show Super Hugh Man and […]

Matariki Season Shines Bright in Te Tairāwhiti

Matariki ahunga nui! Indeed the season of Matariki was a time for us to gather together and to celebrate and acknowledge many things. A time for remembrance and reflection, a time for reset and to plant new crops and ideas.  Matariki has also provided a new seasonal home for our Festival with the fourth annual […]

Rachel Shearer – Te Ara i Whiti Artist 2022

Rachel Shearer Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Pākehā Rachel Shearer works with sound through a range of sonic practices—installations, composing, recording, writing, as well as collaborating as a sound designer/composer for moving image and live performance events. Shearer’s work explores practices related to listening to the whenua through Māori and Western conceptual and technological frameworks. Mauri […]

Chevron Hassett – Te Ara i Whiti Artist 2022

Chevron Hassett Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine Chevron Hassett, born Lower Hutt, Aotearoa (NZ) is an early career artist of Māori (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine) and Pākehā (Irish) heritage. He graduated with a Bachelor of Design with Honours from Massey University in 2016 and was the recipient of the Ngā Manu Pirere award from Creative New Zealand […]

Melanie Tangaere Baldwin – Te Ara i Whiti Artist 2022

Melanie Tangaere Baldwin Ngāti Porou, Rongomaiwahine Melanie Tangaere Baldwin is a Ngāti Porou artist and curator based in Turanga Nui a Kiwa, Gisborne. Her work is research-based and largely focused on Te Ao Māori, Mana Wahine, stereotyping of indigenous peoples and the effects of settler colonialism on notions of power, beauty and worth. Melanie is […]

Erena Koopu – Te Ara i Whiti Artist 2022

Erena Koopu Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Awa “I was born with green eyes and blonde hair, and I never thought my appearance really matched the language that I spoke or the way I felt. I’m a product of Reo Māori movements and became part of the revival of a language and the strengthening of […]

Te Naiti Tīhema – Te Ara i Whiti Artist 2022

Te Naiti Kepa Tāne Tihema Waikato / Ngāti Manawa / Tūhoe “Specialising in painting, sculpture, installation pieces, multimedia relief work 2-3 dimensional and tāmoko. My relationship with Māori Art began as a student at Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga. Not only did we practice Māori Art in the pen and paint form, but art was regularly […]

Ngaire Tuhua – Te Ara i Whiti Artist 2022

Ngaire Tuhua Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Whātua Ko te Hoe o Tainui te pou ki mua Ko Mangawara te pou ki tua Ko Hapuakohe te pou ki uta Ko Waitii te tatau o te whare Uru tomo mai ki te papatipu o te urutapu, ki te papatipu o te uruora! Specialising in high-quality contemporary Maori art and […]

Randal Leach – Te Ara i Whiti Artist 2022

Randal Leach Ngāti Konohi Randal Leach is an accomplished visual artist, highly regarded for his ability to record historical narratives through contemporary mediums and transform them into powerful artistic statements. Of Ngati Porou descent, Leach’s work embraces a Maori narrative, while exploring ideas that place these concepts into a modern-day context. He has a very […]