Nick Tupara, Te Ara Hoe

Iwi and hapu affiliation: Te Arawa, Mataatua, Horouta, Takitimu Waka

Nick has been an active artist for 25 years. He began as a carver and this has influenced his Ta Moko and Tattoo work, all of which in recent years has collectively impacted on his painting and printmaking.

He is bound to his Maori cultural and applies this to all that he does, including working in the conservation and preservation of Maori cultural collections and heritage.

Nick is Te Ara Hoe, a New artist of Toi Iho.

Chris Bailey

Bailey embarked on a journey of discovery in his thirties learning both his Maori language and culture. This involved returning to the various Marae of both his parents and his study at Auckland University where he learnt traditional material working techniques, this learning set him on the path to working full time as a sculptor which he has done since 2004 with much success both nationally and internationally.

Born 1965 New Zealand sculptor Chris Bailey is of both Maori and Irish descent with ties to the iwi of Ngati Hako, Ngati Paoa,Te Aupouri and Ngati Porou.


2014 Chris Bailey – Turangawaewae, FHE Galleries, Auckland, NZ
2012 Nga Korero Tupuna solo show, FHE Galleries, Auckland, NZ
2011 Chris Bailey – New Works, Toi Gallery, Waiheke, NZ
2010 Chris Bailey – New Works, Toi Gallery, Waiheke, NZ
2009 Chris Bailey – New Works, Toi Gallery, Waiheke, NZ
2008 Mana Whenua, The Lane Gallery, Auckland, NZ
Motuaarairoa , FHE Galleries, Auckland, NZ
2006 Chris Bailey- New Works, Waiheke Community Art Gallery, NZ


2015 Sculpture By The Sea, Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Australia
Show and Tell, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, NZ
2014 Sculpture By The Sea, Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
Sculpture By The Sea, Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Australia
Te Toi Hou – Contemporary Maori Art, Northart, Auckland, NZ
2013 Sculpture By The Sea, Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
Mini Masterworks 4 , Spirit Wrestler Gallery , Canada
Whatumanawa, Toi Gallery, Waiheke, NZ
Auckland Art Fair, FHE Gallery, Auckland , NZ
2012 From A Distance group show, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington,NZ
Matariki, Toi Gallery, Waiheke, NZ
The Review, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, NZ
2011 Headland Sculpture On the Gulf, Waiheke Island, NZ.
2010 Moko Suite – Marti Freidlander/ Chris Bailey, FHE Galleries,
2009 Auckland Art Fair, Auckland, New Zealand
53rd Venice Biennale – St Maddalena Church, Venice, Italy
NZ Room. Collaboration with Creative NZ. June – November
6×6 International Carving Symposium, Lake Serraia, Baselga de Pine, Italy, August
Mini Masterworks III , Spirit Wrestler Gallery , Canada, October
2008 Mana Whenua, The Lane Gallery, Auckland, March
Mini Masterworks II , Spirit Wrestler Gallery , Canada, March
Te Kahui o Matariki, group show and book launch,
Motuaarairoa Solo Show, FHE Galleries, Auckland, June
Tiny Treasures, De Young Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA,
Sculpture Onshore Sculpture Symposium, Takapuna, ,NZ, November
2007 Maori Mark, The Wellington Event Centre, Wellington
Mini Masterworks, Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, August

2006 Chris Bailey- New Works, Waiheke Community Art Gallery, January
Art Out There Exhibition, Waiheke Island, Sculpture in the landscape,
Creative NZ Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan, November
Pacific Edge 2006 The Art Bungalow, Kerikeri, February
Taatai Tupuna, Matariki exhibition Waiheke Community Art Gallery,
APEC, virtual exhibition, August 2006 – 2007
2005 Toi Maori- The Eternal Thread Exhibition, Yerba Buena Centre for Arts, San Francisco, USA,
Toi Iho Exhibition ,Te Papa, NZ National Museum, NZ


2014 Winner James Wallace Trust New Zealand Sculptor for Sculpture By The Sea Bondi, Australia.
Semi Finalist – IAPA International Public Art Award for South East Asian Region
2011 Runner up – Peoples Choice – Headland Sculpture On the Gulf, Waiheke Island, NZ.
2009 Selected to provided work for
53rd Venice Biennale – St Maddalena Church, Venice, Italy
NZ Room. Collaboration with Creative NZ. June – November
2005 Selected by Creative NZ, NZ Arts Council to develop new collection’s of works


2014 Mata Kupenga, Public Sculpture for Auckland City Council at Waiheke Public Library, Waiheke Island, Auckland.
2013 Marama, Private Investor, Lake Hayes, South Island , NZ
2013 Te Ngahu Ngahu, Hei Matau Lodge, Waiheke Island, NZ
2011 Pou Tu Te Rangi, Public sculptural installation for Britomart Art Trust, Britomart Precinct, Auckland, NZ
2009 Kaitiaki, Public art work, Baselga De Pine, Italy
53rd Venice Biennale – St Maddalena Church, Venice, Italy
NZ Room. Collaboration with Creative NZ. June – November


2010 Chris Bailey – Ringa Whao Documentary about Chris Bailey
2011 Discovering Britomart, Rongo Productions
2011 Headland – Where Nature Meets Sculpture , Rongo Productions


2008 ‘Te Kahui o Matariki’ looking at recognized Maori artists. Libby Hakaraia & Colleen Urlich. Penguin. P. 14-15
‘Hauraki Gulf’, Ian Robinson, Bateman. P. 86-87
‘Important NZ Art Works’, Webbs

Hinewehi Mohi

CONGRATULATIONS 2021 Dame Hinewehi Mohi DNZM, an accomplished musician, producer, singer/songwriter. She has been dazzling audiences in  New Zealand and abroad with her immense vocal talent since the debut of her first Oceania album in 1999.

This extraordinary work continues to be popular 14 years after its initial release with sales exceeding 100,000 worldwide and achieving double platinum success in her native country.

Fans are also captivated by her dedication to Maori language and culture and to her family, particularly her daughter Hineraukatauri who was born with cerebral palsy.

Shane Cotton

Shane Cotton is one of New Zealand’s best-known contemporary painters. History, politics and art are the subject of his work and the intersection of bicultural heritage (he is Ngapuhi and Pakeha) has been a running theme.

Shane has exhibited widely, both in New Zealand and internationally including exhibits at the Asia Society Museum (New York); the Anna Schwartz Gallery (Melbourne) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney). He was New Zealand’s representative at the Prague Bienniale in 2005 and his work was included in the 17th Biennale of Sydney in 2010. He was one of 108 global artists invited to participate in the 2011 exhibition Roundabout in Tel Aviv.

In 2008, Shane received a Laureate Award from the New Zealand Arts Foundation and, in 2012 was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the visual arts.

Shane came to Palmerston North to assume the role of lecturer at Massey University in the Maori Visual Arts Programme. In 2005, he became a full-time artist and continues to live in the city.

Sandy Adsett, MNZM, MMVA

Iwi: Ngati Pahuwera, Ngati Kahungunu

Sandy is a renowned Maori visual artist and cultural leader who exhibits his work widely nationally and internationally.

He projects creates vibrant new Kowhawhai (rafter patterns) from the ancestral house and re-interpreted them in large rectangular form for exhibition in galleries. The curvilinear forms of swirling and soaring koru designs and patterns have inspired younger artists.

Sandy is one of the most influential artists working for Maori today. He has achieved this through his work in art education and as the founding chairman of Te Atinga, the contemporary Maori art committee of Toi Maori Aotearoa.  Sandy received the supreme award for his exemplary contribution to nga toi Maori, Te Tohu Aroha mo Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikahu. 

He is currently Adjunct Professor at Toimairangi, The Contemporary Maori Art School, of Te Wananga o Aotearoa in Hastings.  Sandy maintains strong links with his old school, Te Aute College where he participates and promotes Maori based cultural programmes.

Manos Nathan

Manos Nathan has long been considered one of New Zealand’s leading clay artists. Many of his recent works combine the exquisite lines of his mother’s Greek culture and his father’s Maori Culture. His work is immaculately constructed and designed.

Nathan has exhibited extensively both in New Zealand and overseas and his works are found in a number of public and private collections worldwide including the British Museum, Museum of Scotland, Burke Museum, Seattle, USA, Japan and Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington.

“In my efforts to create an identity for works in clay, I have adapted design and symbolism from the customary art forms of wood, stone and bone carving; from ta moko and from the fibre arts of ta niko and tukutuku. I have also drawn on the rich heritage of allegory and metaphor found in pakiwaitara, purakau and pepeha (folklore, myths/legends and proverbs) as a source of inspiration for the creation of Maori clayworks.”

He was represented in the Te Waka Toi exhibition that toured the USA in 1992/94. His work was exhibited in Fusion: Tradition & Discovery in 1999 and in Kiwa – Pacific Connections in 2003 at the Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver, Canada.

New Zealand exhibitions in which his work has been shown include: Taiawhio – continuity and change in 2002 and Nga Toko Rima: contemporary clayworks in 2003/04 at Te Papa.

He was also a driving force behind Toi Maori: Art from the Maori People of New Zealand that saw over 20,000 visitors flock to San Francisco to experience the art and culture of Aotearoas first people.

Rangi Kipa

Te Kahui Maunga •  Hei Tiki (corian)

Rangi Kipa is an Artist whose sculpture, carvings and tā moko are at the forefront of contemporary Māori art that challenges boundaries, creates dialogue, traverses the art/object divide and confronts the modern world that we live in as Māori and non-Māori.