Kāre e wehe ngā mahi toi Māori i te ahurea Māori. He pēnei i te mauri whakaoho wairua o te tangata e tere ana ki te kimi i tana Hawaiki, ā, eke noa ki tana e tumanakohia ana
Māori art is inseparable from Māori culture. It is like a living organism that exists in the spirit of our people and drives them toward wider horizons and greater achievement
ABOUT TOI MĀORI AOTEAROA
Toi Māori Aotearoa was established in 1996 as a Charitable Trust. The Trust emerged from the need for a collective Māori artists’ forum to foster the development of Māori art and support the national Māori art form committees.
The settlors of the Toi Māori Aotearoa Charitable Trust were Hirini Moko Mead, Emily Rangitiaria Schuster, Trevor Horowaewae Maxwell, Patricia Grace, Kataraina Piri, Sandy Adsett, Henry Bennet and Hohepa Mason. The objectives of the Trust were to:
The original Toi Māori Aotearoa Kaitiaki (Trustees), Hirini Moko Mead, Emily Rangitiaria Schuster, Waana Morrell Davis, Trevor Horowaewae Maxwell, Tīmoti Kāretu, Georgina Kirby and Derek Fox, developed a strategic plan for the organisation with the following objectives:
Toi Māori Aotearoa was publicly launched at the opening of the exhibition, Patua: Māori Arts in Action, curated by Sandy Adsett at City Gallery Wellington as part of Te Toka-a-Toi, the 1996 International Festival of the Arts.
Since 1996 Toi Māori Aotearoa has focussed on the development of Māori artists, Māori artist collectives and art forms, and initiated many significant events to promote Māori art in New Zealand and internationally.
Toi Māori continues to advocate for increased support for Māori art from the government to achieve the aspirations of iwi Māori as guaranteed by Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Ko Toi Māori Aotearoa he whakatipu pā harakeke, he whakakakīkinga whāruarua hei oranga mō tātau mō te iwi
Toi Māori Aotearoa exists to promote the potent art and culture of a thriving contemporary people called Māori
“Māori art is inseparable from Māori culture. It is like a living organism that exists in the spirit of our people and drives them toward wider horizons and greater achievements.”
The vision of Toi Māori Aotearoa is for Māori art to be at the centre of New Zealand's arts and cultural identity.
The mission of Toi Māori Aotearoa is to promote the uniqueness, quality, and cultural expression of Māori arts.
Marketing through multi-media platforms, events, exhibitions, performance, and publications.
Connecting Māori artists through; online communities, local, regional, national, international, and artform communities
Developing Māori artists
Providing advice, workshops, internship, residencies, and exchanges.
Strengthening international links
Growing capacity, partnerships and indigenous networks.