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.
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
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
PAULNACHE brings together a diverse group show including Dr. Peter Adsett, Valerie Bos, Matthew Couper, JK Russ, Virginia Leonard, Oliver King, Prof. Robert Jahnke, James Ormsby, Tawhai Rickard, Dr. Glen Hayward, John Walsh, Evan Woodruffe and Yonel Watene.