Standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before him, Allen Wihongi has served Ngāpuhi in many ways. In the fields of Toi Ngāpuhi, Toi Māori, Toi Aotearoa and New Zealand Art, his contributions have been immense.

Toi Ngāpuhi acknowledges Allen for his role in developing the Piki Tū Rangitia 25 Year Ngāpuhi Arts Strategy, that was ratified by Te Rūnanga Ā Iwi Ngāpuhi in April 2018.

Toi Ngāpuhi acknowledges Allen for the Toi Ngāpuhi Unanahi logo and for naming this roopu, Toi Ngāpuhi. Nga mihi ki a koe e Allen, nga mihi e te rangatira.
The board of Toi Ngāpuhi formally launched the organisation at Kohewhata Marae on Saturday, December 14 at 11am.
The board was excited to introduce the kaupapa and the plans for the establishment phase along with wider aspirations for the organisation and Ngāpuhi-nui-tonu.

The board were thrilled to have in attendance for the occasion, Allen Wihongi and Toi Maihi, the tohunga kai whakairo mo te wharenui o te marae me te kai roti, the principal weaver of the whare.

The launch of Toi Ngāpuhi was witnessed by those kaumātua, ringatoi, groups and networks who have helped shape Piki Tū Rangitia and Toi Ngāpuhi.

It was fitting to hold the launch at Kohewhata Marae in the meeting house called Puhimoanaariki.

Puhimoanaariki is an exemplar of excellence in Ngāpuhi cultural and creative expression and a marae that has supported various arts kaupapa.
From left: Moe Milne, Toi Maihi, Rau Hoskins, Bernard Makoare, Allen Wihongi, Dorothy Waetford and Kura Te Waru Rewiri.

Bernard Makoare is a practising artist, designer and carver with over 30 years of exhibiting as both a solo artist and collaborator on a range of enterprises in Auckland and the north including major building development projects.

Bernard is personally committed to cultural and tribal revitalisation and has spent many years actively working on this for Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whatua, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa and other iwi organisations.

His commitment is expressed in his mahi and his adopting his moko mataora.
He is one of three Ngāti Whatua representatives on the Auckland Museum Taumata-iwi and is an active member of the Haerewa Committee advising the Auckland Art Gallery, Te Toi o Tāmaki.

Bernard also has wide experience working in the Public Service Sector.
Moe is a highly qualified and skilled practitioner across the health, education and social services sectors.

Currently, she is a trainer for the Takarangi Cultural Competency Framework that delivers to DHBs, Emerge Aotearoa and Brain Research Aotearoa.

Moe is a trained nurse, teacher, has worked in management and has been a Trustee of such organisations such as Foundation North, Te Reo o Ngāi Hine, Te Hau ora o Te Taitokerau and Te Ara o Te Whakaaro pai.

Moe is a recognised Te Reo Māori expert and her contributions to mātauranga Ngāpuhi are highly valued on the board and across ngā rohe.

Moe has received prestigious awards for her work in community and mental health.
Kura is a contemporary Māori artist, art educator and academic.

She has exhibited widely and her paintings, which often explore mana wahine, are represented in numerous public and private exhibitions both within New Zealand and around the world.

Kura’s paintings are held in prestigious collections such as Wellington’s Te Papa Museum, Auckland Art Gallery, Waikato Museum of Art & History, Dunedin Art Gallery, The University of Auckland and the National Art Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

Currently, Kura is the Associate Professor of Māori Visual Arts at Massey University.

She was previously a member of Te Waka Toi and in 2019 she received the Te Tohu o Te Papa Rongomaraeroa Award for excellence
and outstanding contribution to Nga Toi Māori.

Dorothy is an uku/clay artist who has exhibited and toured New Zealand and internationally as a solo artist and as part of collectives.

She is a member of the Ngā Kaihanga Uku Māori Artists Collective, Te Taitokerau Māori Arts Collective and also a member of Te Ātinga Contemporary Visual Arts sub-committee of Toi Māori Aotearoa.

Dorothy worked as a dancer in the 1980s and also worked with Playback Community Theatre.

Dorothy was part of a team that consulted Ngāpuhi artists and communities for Toi Ngāpuhi and she has a first hand understanding of the struggles and aspirations of Ngāpuhi artists on the ground.
Rau is a Director of designTribe Architects which specialises in the field of Māori architecture, particularly within cultural/marae, visitor, health, urban, educational and papakāinga environments.
Rau brings skills to projects that are a unique combination of kaupapa Māori design, urban design and Māori heritage.

He has a Master of Architecture (Hons), is a member of the Auckland Council Public Art Advisory Panel as well as advising on a range of other projects such as NZ exhibitions at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Rau has a particular interest in connecting built space, place and Ngāpuhi, encouraging Ngāpuhi artists to see built environments as their canvasses and connecting Ngāpuhi artists with commissioned opportunities in public and privately built spaces in Te Taitokerau.

Ngāpuhi me Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa ōku iwi
Ngāti Uru, Whānau Pani me Ngāti Tara ōku hapū.
Gail is a highly-experienced arts manager who worked in the dance sector with Te Kanikani o te Rangatahi/Taiao Dance Theatre and Limbs Dance Company before moving to senior arts and culture positions with local and then central government: Waitakere City Council, Auckland City Council, Auckland Council and Creative New Zealand as Senior Manager, Arts Funding.

Since Gail moved home to  Te Taitokerau  in 2016 she has  been working  towards the development and delivery of  Piki Tū Rangitia  and the establishment of  Toi Ngāpuhi.  She is also a trustee for the Upsurge Festival and marae delegate for Te Rūnanga o Whaingaroa.

Bethany is a contemporary Māori artist, weaver, curator.

Bethany is an experienced project manager who has delivered wānanga, events and programmes in marae, galleries and museums both in Aotearoa and the USA.

She has a Master of Arts from New York University and her awards include the Fulbright Scholarship and the AMP Premium Award.

Kyra is the Founder and Design Director of Threaded (an award-winning design studio).

She enjoys working closely with multi-stakeholder organisations looking to activate and engage with local communities to create positive change.

Her work centers mostly around collaborations with local hapū and iwi, creative communities and sustainable networks.

Ngāti Hao, Ngāti Hau, Ngāpuhi.

Erena comes from a background of community and iwi development, and holds a Masters in Social Science.

She has worked in various roles to support iwi, hapū and marae communities, iwi and Māori providers and NGO agencies.

She is an experienced project manager who enjoys working with people, listening to their stories and aspirations, and working to weave these threads together to create positive impacts for whānau.


Puketītī ki runga
Whakanekeneke ki raro
Tēnā ko Ngāti Hao
He uri anō ia nō Ngāti Hau ki Whakapara, Ngāti Kuta me Ngāti Manu

Rebecca has a background in kaupapa lead initiatives, supporting whānau and youth in our Ngāpuhi communities.

Her creative interests include working with natural materials, including muka and waitae.

She is interested in gaining insights to better understand the well-being of our natural resources used in traditional creative processes.

Ko Pūhangatohorā
Ko Hikurangi
Ko Tarakeha Ko Maungataniwha
Ko Takapuwāhia ōku maunga
He uri tēnei nō Te Tai Tokerau.

Tāmati is a co-founder of Tahunakura Charitable Trust and My Taiao Clothing. He has worked in various sectors including health, media, teaching and tertiary education and public service.

He has many formal qualifications including a Masters in Education from the University of Auckland (Honours Award), Bachelor of Education, Huarahi Māori Specialisation (UoA Dean’s Top Scholar Award), a Diploma in Te Pīnakitanga and in Te Aupikitanga ki Te Reo Kairangi through Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
Tāmati is passionate about te reo Māori, Mātauranga Māori, education and pathways that lead to positive intergenerational change and Māori success.

His creative interests include pūrākau, whakapapa and observing and learning about the taiao. 

Lucy comes from Greece and she is very passionate about projects that have an impact in the community.

Lucy has joined the team as the business development manager to assist us with a robust fundraising strategy to source future revenue streams.

She will be working with the team to develop opportunities to grow our organisation through the lens of fundraising.

She will be looking after relationships with funders, sponsors, and donors. Lucy has a long history with fundraising especially with charitable organisations, events such as Matariki Festival and local government.

​​​​​​​We are excited that she has joined the team and welcome her and her pūkenga.
Creative NZ Core Funder
Creative New Zealand (CNZ) encourages, promotes and supports the arts in New Zealand for the benefit of all New Zealanders through funding, capability building and international programmes and advocacy.

In 2019, CNZ formed a partnership with the newly formed Toi Ngāpuhi.

CNZ sees this partnership as a key way of supporting regional development in the arts with a focus on ngā toi Māori that is aligned to the vision of CNZ strategy for Māori arts.
The outcome of this support will be seeing artists deliver new activities into the community.

Te Hā o Ngā Toi Māori is underpinned by a mātauranga Māori framework which incorporates knowledge – knowledge creativity, knowledge transfer and knowledge reclamation.

​​​​​​​The strategy’s vision is for Māori arts to be visible everywhere and highly valued as part of New Zealand’s distinct identity, and admired globally.
Left to right: Haniko Te Kurapa (Arts Practice Director - Ngā Toi Māori, CNZ), Dorothy Waetford,  Moe Milne, Stephen Wainwright (Chief Executive  - Pou Whakarae, CNZ),  Bernard Makoare (Chairperson - Toi Ngāpuhi), Mere Mangu (Chairperson,  Te Rūnanga A Iwi O Ngāpuhi), Paula Carr (Senior Manager, Māori Strategy & Partnerships)
Creative New Zealand staff travelled to Kaikohe, on 8 August, 2019, to formalise this relationship with a tuku taonga ceremony.

Tuku taonga is an ancient Ngāpuhi practice aimed at honouring important connections and establishing long lasting mutual relationships between iwi, hapū, whānau and marae, and contemporarily, with organisations and institutions.

Toi Ngāpuhi created two taonga called “Te Rehutoi o Ngāpuhi” and “Te Huka-a-toi o Ngāpuhi”.

​​​​​​​These taonga take the form of rocks carved with the unaunahi carving pattern definitive of Te Taitokerau.
“Te Rehutoi o Ngāpuhi” is a kokokowai (red ochre) colored rock and “Te Huka-a-toi o Ngāpuhi” is a white colored rock.

Each rock is cradled in its own Te Hemoata Henare kete.
In a small and intimate ceremony just before these proceedings, the taonga were ritually dedicated as symbols for this relationship.

"Te Rehutoi o Ngāpuhi” was presented into the kaitiakitanga of Creative New Zealand in Wellington.

“Te Huka-a-toi o Ngāpuhi” remains with Toi Ngāpuhi.

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Foundation North
NZ Lotteries Commission
University of Auckland
Te Rūnanga Ā Iwi o Ngāpuhi
Toi Māori
Grassroots Trust
Creative Northland
Northland Community Foundation
Whangārei District Creative Communities
Far North District Creative Communities
Te Rarawa
Toimata Foundation
Te Aho Tū Roa
Manea Footprints of Kupe
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