Ngā Hua Toi is an advocacy project for Māori Theatre and Dance practitioners across Aotearoa.

Since 2020, throughout the pandemic, we have continued to identify and recognise the ongoing barriers for Māori Theatre & Dance artists, practitioners, companies and collectives.

Alongside Toi Aotearoa Creative New Zealand’s Te Ha o Ngā Toi Māori Arts Strategy 2019 – 2024, Ngā Hua Toi is being developed to support Māori Theatre & Dance artists and companies. Beginning as a pilot programme, first established in 2020, Ngā Hua Toi is now delivering a programme of kaupapa, initiatives, kōrero and wānanga throughout Aotearoa – including Te Taitokerau, Waikato, Heretaunga, Ōtautahi & Ōtepoti, as well as in the online space.

Currently, The G8 are delivering Ngā Hua Toi as the programme is evolving as we prepare to deliver a series of new initiatives through to Dec 2022.

Should you have any pātai, don’t hesitate to contact us.


Learn from our creative professionals throughout Aotearoa with short lessons to improve your skills in producing, arts marketing, grant writing and pitching opportunities.

Panel Discussions

Panel sessions with our Māori creative whānau on how theatre and dance artists continue going forward through the challenges of the pandemic.


WHAO Festival

Ko te reo Māori, te ahurea Māori me ngā Toi Māori te pūtake o WHAO. He hui ahurei e whakanui ana i te mana Māori motuhake. Ko te aranga tēnei o te reo auaha, te reo whakanikoniko hei reo onamata mā te anamata.

National Māori Theatre Hui

Karanga mai e te iwi! The National Māori Theatre Hui 2023 is on 6 - 8 October in Kaiaua & the programme is now live! The National Hui is hosted by Ōrotokare: Art, Story, Motion in partnership wth Ecoquest Centre of Indigeneity, Ecology & Creativity. Ngā mihi nui to Mana Whenua, Ngati Paoa and our funders: Tātaki Auckland Unlimited & Hauraki Creative Communities NZ.

Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival

Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival is a festival with a difference, one uniquely focused on inclusion, access and authenticity, and designed to use the arts to explore what it means to be of Te Tairāwhiti.

Aronui Indigenous Arts Festival

ARONUI Indigenous Arts Festival is a bold and explosive celebration of award-winning Indigenous artists. This celebration of cultural expression will showcase a range of art forms including theatre, writers talks, live music and the return of the ARONUI Māori Market in collaboration with Te Tākinga Marae, Mourea. Together we celebrate Indigenous creativity, talent, and culture. Nau mai, haere mai.

Become a member

We invite you to sign up to the Māori artists directory that we are creating so that our people can connect, collaborate and create together.


Tuakoi Ohia sitting on a black chair in a black fit with a red jacket
Ella is smiling and looking off into the distance wearing a black graphic tee and neon green earrings

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