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Tātai Whetū Exhibition

Tātai Whetū Exhibition Opening & Artist Floor Talk Series
27 Jun 2019 to 26 Jul 2019
Opening Night 6PM
Mutli-Disciplinary Toi Māori
Event type: 
Exhibition, Multidisciplinary, Public Program
Toi Matarau Gallery - Māoriland Hub
68-70 Main Street Ōtaki Kāpiti Coast



‘Tātai whetū ki te rangi, mau tonu mau tonu; tātai tāngata ki te whenua ngaro noa, ngaro noa.’


Bringing forth the alignment of interactive and unlimited potential realised alongside other multi-disciplinary arts simultaneously through film, digital technology, performance, theatre, music and our natural world.  

Whāinga Matua

To facilitate growth and further advancement for participating artists within te whare tapere.

This year the Māoriland Hub presents Tātai Whetū an exhibition of Toi Māori and Toi Taketake as part of our Mataariki Programme for 2019.  A correlation of both new and historical works from established and emerging Māori artists of Ōtaki, Kāpiti Coast, Wellington, Horowhenua and Manawatu regions.  Many are affiliates of Ngāti Raukawa Te Au ki Te Tonga, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Tukorehe and whānau, hapū, iwi.

An annual exhibition which seeks to engage positive responses from the community, a creative space for dialogue and opportunities to prosper.  Tātai Whetū the exhibition encourages artists to reflect, unleash and synchronise creation time.  Navigating with the stars is an exciting time for artists to align and flourish. Tātai Whetū opens with the introduction of ‘He kāpehu whetū kei ōku ringa’ storytelling through Whakapapa by Keri-Mei Zagrobelna (contemporary jeweller).  A series of artist floor talks and intimate evenings enticing the public in from the cold.

Exhibiting Artists

Neke Moa, Ron Te Kawa, Elaine Bevan, Ezra Bevan, Pip Devonshire, Sonia Snowden, Tracey Patete, Hinepuororangi Tahuparae, Lorna Tawhiti, Keri-Mei Zagrobelna, Leah Warbrick, Johnny Hauraki, Debra Bustin, Keil Cas, Karangawai Marsh, Huhana Smith, Sian Montgomery-Neutze, Miriama Grace-Smith, Aria Parker, Jamie Berry, Pikihuia Haenga, Kohai Grace, Te Kura Māori o Porirua, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito, Jacob Wilkins-Hodges, Vianney Parata, Hemi Macgregor, Maakarita Paku.​


Tātai Whetu Series 1

He kāpehu whetū kei ōku ringa – storytelling through whakapapa and body adornment by Keri-Mei Zagrobelna (Te Whānau ā Apanui, Te Āti Awa).

Date:  Thursday 27th June 7-8pm

Tātai Whetu Series 2

Kete Aronui – an intimate evening with Debra Bustin speaking about her 40 year journey as a practicing artist and guiding philosophies (Ngāti Kahungunu, Irish, Scottish, Basque).

Date: Wednesday July 3rd 6pm

Tātai Whetu Series 3

Ngā Pūariki o Mataariki – Gems of Mataariki by Neke Moa (Ngāti Kahungunu, Kai Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tuwharetoa).

A discussion on sustainability of natural resources available in the Pacific and how climate change and colonisation has impacted on artists/tangata whenua/iwi taketake who rely on those resources to support their families and communities.  An informative evening for consumers, of the exploitation and cultural appropriation committed by multi-nationals. 

Date Thursday July 4th 6-7pm

Toi Taketake – Te Mana o Te Wai nā Sequoia Hauck (Anishinaabe, Hupa).

A multi-disciplinary insulation performance from a young indigenous wahine who draws inspiration from indigenous epistemologies as well as her relationship to water in Mni Sota her homeland in the United States and Aotearoa.  She is focused on creating theatre and performance art that decolonises the process of artmaking and  sees art as a way to heal past and future generations. 

Date:  Thursday July 4 7-8pm






Written by

Te Ihiroa Designs

13 Jun 2019