Mataaho Collective: Te Puni Aroaro

Nau mai rā e te iwi e. Rarau mai ki Te Puni Aroaro o Mataaho! Whakakao mai, hau mai ki Te Whare Pora e karanga atu nei. He aho whakapapa, he iho roa. Hoki atu ki te aho tapu o Hine-te-iwaiwa. Whiria he takapau mō te ira tangata e.


Experience the ground-breaking artworks of Mataaho Collective – four wāhine Māori artists who have worked together for the last decade.

These monumental installations evoke the histories of water, light, atua, and wāhine Māori. Industrial materials reflect contemporary Māori experience, and showcase the ever-changing nature of customary textile practices.

Mataaho Collective: Te Puni Aroaro invites you into a space of focus, reflection, and layered narratives.

When | Āhea

18 Dec 2022 – 28 Jan 2024

Where | Ki hea

Toi Art, Level 4

Cost | Te utu

Free entry

Accessibility | E wātea ana ki
  • Wheelchair accessible

  • One artwork on the floor, without barriers

  • Seating

  • Floor of main gallery on Level 4 has dappled light, and four lights set into it

Find out more about accessibility at Te Papa

Making Takapau: Mataaho Collective discuss their monumental installation

Video transcript

Mataaho Collective, Takapau, 2022, polyester hi-vis tie-downs, stainless steel buckles, and j-hooks. Commissioned 2022. Te Papa (8-00101)

Mataaho Collective, Kiko Moana, 2017, polythene tarpaulin and cotton thread. Te Papa (ME024286)

Mataaho Collective, Te Whare Pora, 2012, synthetic mink blankets. On loan from Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka

Mataaho Collective, Tauira, 2018, polyester marine rope and cotton thread. On loan from Mataaho Collective

Mataaho Collective, Kaokao #2, 2014, road sign vinyl. On loan from Mataaho Collective

Mataaho Collective, Kaokao #1, 2014, hi-vis tape and cotton thread. On loan from Mataaho Collective

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