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This exhibition invites you to explore elements of design, space, tradition, and gently challenges your expectations about what Toi Māori is, was, and can be. 

“Nā to rourou, nā taku rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.  
With your food basket and my food basket, the people will thrive.”

The title is a joyful command: Nekenekehia (move!) and an exclamation: Tukua (send it out!). This is the kaupapa of Nekenekehia Tukua, a new exhibition by Taranaki-based artist WharehokaSmith.  

Wharehoka’s work is informed by whakapapa and generations of Toi Māori practitioners who have come before. He explores elements of design, space, tradition, and gently challenges your expectations about what Toi Māori is, was, and can be. This exhibition will invite you into a world where Tino rangatiratanga exists openly and confidently, equally supported by both pre- and post-European contact paradigms, technology and resources. 

Wānanga: Nekenekehia Tukua
Join the discussion

Alongside the exhibition, Puke Ariki is hosting three wānanga that will explore tangible opportunities to continue the mahi and kaupapa presented in Nekenekehia Tukua.

The purpose of Nekenekehia Tukua is to make Toi Māori and Māori design more present in our built and everyday environment. With this exhibition, WharehokaSmith aims to free Toi Māori from an art gallery context and return it, as it once was, to being an integrated component of everyday life.

Art & Design: The Design Space for Toi Māori

This wānanga will ask what it means to reclaim the design space for Toi Māori and re-establish Toi Māori in the built environment. With leaders from the art, design and architecture industries, we will explore copyright, IP, data sovereignty and access. What, how, and who engages across the design profession? When, where, and how does Toi Māori engage with industry? We invite Taranaki-based artists, designers and architects to join us as we consider these topics.

Education: The Role Toi Māori Could Play

This wānanga will explore the role Toi Māori could have in education beyond the traditional ‘fine art’ space and across disciplines. The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery education team will present their work on an education model for the arts. We invite Taranaki-based educators, administrators and others with an interest in art education to join us for these discussions.

GLAM: Collaborative Engagement with Māori Artists

This wānanga will focus on how the GLAM sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) can engage collaboratively with Māori artists. We will explore the representation of Toi Māori and artists in these spaces, discussing Memorandums of Understanding, taonga, whakapapa and relationships using the intentions of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to guide us. We invite those working in the GLAM sector to join us as we discuss these topics.

Keep an eye out on our website for times and dates.

2 July 2022 - 20 November 2022
Temporary Gallery, Puke Ariki Library & Museum
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Free Entry
All Ages
Fully accessible - see information here

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10AM – 5PM


10AM – 5PM


10AM – 5PM


10AM – 5PM


10AM – 5PM


10AM – 5PM


10AM – 5PM