• Sandy Adsett

Sixty paintings created over six decades, Toi Koru tracks the trajectory of Adsett’s painting practice from the late 1960s to today. The exhibition features artworks from major public collections, including the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, as well as a new series of paintings created especially for the exhibition.

Toi Koru is significant for Sandy Adsett as an artist, and to recognise his influence as an educator. Adsett and his peers laid the foundation for subsequent generations of Māori artists, curators, educators and museum professionals to pursue a career in the arts industry.

At 82 years of age, Dr Adsett is set to retire from education in June this year but will continue to paint from his home studio and provide support for his extended family of artists and art educators. Toi Koru opens at Pātaka Art + Museum in Porirua at 10 am Saturday 31 July 2021, with a public blessing, art demonstrations and talks throughout the day. Alongside Toi Koru will be an exhibition of art made by past students of Adsett entitled Ahi Toi, a title that references the fires of Māori culture that have been kept alive through art.

Opening Hours

  • Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm
  • Sunday, 11am - 4.30pm


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