New Direction for Maori Trademark

Media Release | 22 September 2011

The toi iho trademark of quality and authenticity is up and running again under a new entity, Toi Iho Kaitiaki Incorporated (TIKI). The trademark was initially launched under Creative NZ in 2002 but has been transferred to TIKI after Creative NZ made a decision to disinvest in it in 2009.

TIKI comprises a collective of Māori artists, curators and supporters of toi iho who are committed to managing the future promotion of quality and authentic artworks under the Toi iho trademark.

TIKI is currently involved with the co-ordination of toi iho supported artworks in a number of VIP lounges at Rugby World Cup stadiums throughout the country.
The co-ordinators include a number of Māori art specialists.

Professor Bob Jahnke, Kaiwhakaahua, Massey University, College of Māori Visual Arts has been responsible for the overall co-ordinaton of regional coordinators and curators to select high quality artworks for display in the VIP lounges.

“The opportunities that have arisen through the revitalization of toi iho are a great opportunity to promote and re-visit the quality and authenticity factor and acknowledge the value of recognising Māori artists and their works to a worldwide audience,” said Jahnke.

VIP Coordinator at Rugby New Zealand 2011, Jane Mather, says the motivation for the VIP lounge project with TIKI, was to showcase a New Zealand flavor as well as the quintessential Māori factor to an international audience.

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