Artist Demonstration

Registration now open, limited entry.

Join artist Ron Te Kawa at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata to create an upcycled original textile Matariki artwork.

Each Matariki Star has a special power. Choose your favourite from the list below, and bring along your favourite bright fabrics, old clothes, blankets, and linens to create a groovy textile artwork!


Te iwa o Matariki

Although there are about a thousand stars in Matariki, nine stars are visible to the unaided eye. In te ao Māori, each of the whetū is associated with an aspect of wellbeing and the environment.

–Matariki (Alcyone) – people’s health and wellbeing

–Tupu-ā-rangi (Atlas) – things that grow up in trees, including fruits, berries and birds

–Waipuna-ā-rangi (Electra) – rainfall

–Waitī (Maia) – freshwater bodies and foods from these waters

–Ururangi (Merope) – the winds

–Tupu-ā-nuku (Pleione) – food that is gathered/harvested from the soil

–Waitā (Taygeta) – the ocean and foods that come from it

–Pōhutukawa (Sterope) – those who have passed on

–Hiwa-i-te-rangi (Calaeno) – attainment of goals.


The gallery will provide:

Scissors, fabrics, thread, a few sewing machines (feel free to bring your own if you’d like!).

This is a day workshop, which will be at most 4 hours long, starting at 10:30am, with a break for lunch. Please be aware that no food or drink can be consumed in the Gallery.


  • Free, koha appreciated


  • Sat 03 Jul


  • 10:30 am — 1:30 pm


  • Shed 11, Wellington Waterfront
  • 60 Lady Elizabeth Lane