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Connected to Te Hau Whakatonu, the whaiwhakaaro programme offers speakers and audience to have a storied participation in and exploration of the mātauranga Māori that exists within and between works. Colleen Tuuta and Taarati Taiaroa will choose artworks from Te Hau Whakatonu and activate threads of a narrative / kōrero between three works of their choosing.

'Whaiwhakaaro literally means to follow the thought…to seek knowledge was to follow thought wherever it took you…whatever the immediate enlightenment might be…’
– Moana Jackson

Colleen Tuuta (Taranaki Tuturu, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Maniapoto) is part of the current generation of Taranaki negotiators who have worked to broker new futures for their iwi through the settlement of historical Treaty breaches and the development of Post Settlement Governance Entities in their wake. She is the Taranaki representative of five years on ‘Te Atamira Taiwhenua’ the Komiti Maori Advisory roopu for the Department of Internal Affairs. In December 2022 Colleen completed a three-year term on the WITT - Te Pukenga Board.

Taarati Taiaroa (Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Apa) is Ringahāpai Kaitakatū Ngā Toi Māori and the curator of Te Hau Whakatonu: A Series of Never-Ending Beginnings. Taarati has a background as a sculptor, and holds Masters degrees in both fine arts and museum and cultural heritage. Before joining the Govett-Brewster she held curatorial roles at Auckland Art Gallery towards the landmark exhibition Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art.


  • Free


  • Thu 09 Nov


  • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm


  • Govett Brewster Art Gallery
  • 42 Queen Street
  • Ngāmotu New Plymouth