About Elizabeth

Chair of the Toi Iho Charitable Trust.

Moe mai, moe mai, moe mai e nga Rangatira

Our condolences and aroha to the whanau and loved ones of Muriwai Ihakara 1963-2022, Marina Sciascia 1942-2022, and Sir Wira Gardiner 1945-2022. Each in their own ways, these three Rangatira, with brilliance, strength, and dedication, changed the world and improved Te Ao Māori, our people, and our culture. They will be remembered for all time. Kia ora te marino, kia whakapapa te pounamu te moana, kia tere te kārohirohi i muai tōu huarahi. May the calm be widespread, May the ocean glisten as greenstone, May the shimmer of light ever dance across your pathway.

Promoting Toi Iho Artists

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Kia ora Koutou Kātoa Toi Iho Artists
Since 2012, a group of us have been working to establish a public Māori Art Gallery for Māori artists, Māori curators, and Māori Governors only.  We launched the Wairau Māori Art Gallery on 19 February inside the Hundertwasser Art Centre, Whangarei, and opened the inaugural ‘Puhi Ariki’ exhibition curated by Nigel Borell, which is up until Matariki, 24 June 2022. 
https://en.wairaumaoriartgallery.co.nz

We have a shop inside the Hundertwasser Art Centre and we are seeking merchandise of high quality by established Māori artists.  We are not a commercial gallery and small artworks will be on sale in the shop.  The Trustees would be grateful if you have work we could promote and sell on your behalf.  The shop is entirely professional and Māori art will be a key feature of our displays, alongside the Hundertwasser merchandise.  Artists set their prices.  We intend to sell The Best of Māori Art which is a mantra for Toi Iho.
I hope all is well with you and your whanau in these uncertain Omnicron times.  Let me know if you need more information.
Ngā mihi

Elizabeth Ellis. Chair.  Wairau Māori Art Gallery Charitable Trust

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Successful Grants

Ngahiraka Mason

Towards a critique on Māori Art, Form and Function before and after COVID-19.

Closing date:

10 Sep 2021

Funding amount:

$44,000

Artforms:

Funding Round: Arts Grants 2021/2022 round 1

Veranoa Hetet

Towards pushing boundaries working from the basic kete design and creating new designs using new materials & techniques.

Closing date:

21 May 2021

Funding amount:

$70,750

Artforms:

THIS CONTENT IS TAGGED ASCRAFT/OBJECT.

Funding Round: Arts Grant Round 8

Wi Taepa

Towards strengthening Mataraunga Maori using Toi Uku for all Maori and the development of new work in a large format.

Closing date:

10 Sep 2021

Funding amount:

$75,000

Artforms:

THIS CONTENT IS TAGGED ASCRAFT/OBJECT.

Funding Round: Arts Grants 2021/2022 round 1

Joanne Tito

Ki te hanga toi i ngā rākau Māori.

THIS CONTENT IS TAGGED ASVISUAL ARTS.

AWARDED: $63,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Rim Paul

Towards the research and development of my autobiography Rim D. Paul – Tōku Rerenga Pūoro, He Whakahuranga Wairua.

THIS CONTENT IS TAGGED ASLITERATURE.

AWARDED: $35,920

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Tai Tokerau Maori Artists Collective

Towards an exhibition of new work by TTMAC and Aboriginal artists.

THIS CONTENT IS TAGGED ASVISUAL ARTS.

AWARDED: $68,359

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Te Tairawhiti Arts Festival Charitable Trust

Towards a multi-Artform Regional Arts Festival spanning Te Tairāwhiti anchored in Tūranga-nui-ā-Kiwa, Gisborne.

THIS CONTENT IS TAGGED ASMULTI-DISCIPLINARY.

AWARDED: $75,000

FUNDING POOL: Ngā toi Māori fund

Whanau ō Toi Iho, keep safe and well during this coronavirus lockdown.

Kia ora koutou Toi Iho Whanau

Following PM Jacinda’s announcement this afternoon, we will all be withdrawing and isolating ourselves with our loved ones at home. Alert Level 4 starts on Thursday. While it will be difficult for many of you who are in business, considered at this time as ‘non-essential’, and you work hard making and selling most beautiful art, isolation is the only way that this invisible frightening virus can be arrested and lives saved. The mantra that ‘we’re all in this together’ is perfect. Take care.

KIA MAU KI TE TŪMANAKO, TE WHAKAPONO ME TE AROHA – HOLD FAST TO HOPE, FAITH AND LOVE. Israel Tangaroa Birch