Exhibitions Opening & Symposium


Pātaka Art + Museum presents an exhibition and symposium on the Art of Kōwhaiwhai and Māori Curatorial Practice.

Exhibitions Opening:

Toi Koru: Sandy Adsett | An exhibition of over 60 paintings tracing 60 years of the highly influential art practice of Dr. Sandy Adsett MNZM.

Ahi Toi | An exhibition featuring Toihoukura and Toimairangi Schools of Māori art alumni.

Wero | A solo exhibition by Wellington-based painter and tā moko artist Victor Te Paa.


The exhibitions will be accompanied by a Day Symposium on the Art of Kōwhaiwhai and Māori Curatorial Practice. Free entry. To register email mark.hutchins-pond@poriruacity.govt.nz.


10am: Blessing: Taku Parai, Ngāti Toa Rangatira kaumatua

10.20am: Welcoming address: Arapata Hakiwai, Kaihautū | Māori Co-leader, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, with June Grant, artist and friend

11am: Toi Koru: Sandy Adsett artist talk in conversation with Reuben Friend

12pm: Live Tā Moko demonstration by artist Victor Te Paa

1.30pm: Kōwhaiwhai in contemporary art panel discussion | Robert Jahnke ONZM (facilitator), Kura Te Waru Rewiri and Ngataiharuru Taepa

3pm: Māori curatorial frameworks panel discussion | Nigel Borell (facilitator), Dr. David Butts and Sandy Adsett discuss the first iwi-led exhibition Ngā Tukemata: Ngā Taonga o Ngāti Kahungunu, 1986.

3:30pm: Māori curatorial practice today and tomorrow

Nigel Borell (facilitator), Megan Tamati-Quennell and Tim Walker discuss curatorial frameworks for contemporary Māori art, beginning with Kohia ko Taikaka Anake at the National Art Gallery of New Zealand in 1990.

4pm: Refreshments


  • Free


  • Sat 31 Jul


  • 10:00 am — 4:00 pm


  • Corner of Norrie & Parumoana Streets (17 Parumoana Street)
  • Porirua City Centre, 5022