Event Details


Part of exhibition Te Hau Whakatonu: A Series of Never-Ending Beginnings, 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.

Ana Iti and Mako Jones 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

Ana Iti is an artist of Māori (Te Rarawa) and Pākehā descent, currently based in Te Matau-a-Maui Hawkes Bay, Aotearoa New Zealand. She works across sculpture, video, and text. Iti’s work explores poetic and structural relationships between language and our environment, as well as the practices of shared and personal history-making.

Iti has a BFA (Sculpture) from the Ilam School of Fine Arts in Ōtautahi Christchurch and a MFA from Toi Rauwharangi Massey University in Te-Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. Iti was the recipient of the Grace Butler Memorial Award in 2022 and is a nominee for the 2024 Walters Prize.

Taranaki weaver Mako Jones is a practitioner and teacher of raranga and a member of The Kaitiaki Pa Harakeke Group. She was recently featured in the He Aho-Threads exhibition at the Percy Thomson Gallery, a collection of work by Māori artists. Jones is a member of Toi o Taranaki ki te Tonga and teaches at Rangimarie Arts and Craft centre in Moturoa, New Plymouth.


  • Free


  • Thu 19 Oct


  • 6:00 pm — 7:30 pm


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