Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival 2023

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.

The opening of Te Ara i Whiti is in 10 days and we are thrilled to introduce the first of many TAIW artists Lissy and Rudi Robinson-Cole. ⁠

Lissy Robinson-Cole (Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Kahu) and Rudi Robinson-Cole (Ngāti Pāoa, Ngāruahine, Ngāti Makirangi, Ngāti Tu, Te Arawa) are a husband-and-wife team whose artworks explore mātauranga Māori and personal whakapapa through crocheted woollen sculpture, and neon lights. ⁠

For Te Ara I Whiti 2023, this epic duo will translate their expertise and passion for crochet into the interactive sculptural artwork, Hiwa-i-te-rangi, a four-sided 6m tall Lightbox pou with feathers on two sides to represent the wishes, and ngutu kaka design on the other two to show how everyone is connected.⁠

Head down to Te Ara I Whiti this festival season to witness all the beautiful Mahi Toi. ⁠

🗓️ 29 September – 8 October, 12pm – 10pm ⁠
📍Kelvin Park, Corner Stout St & Fitzherbert St ⁠
🎟️ FREE ⁠

Meet the Artists

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

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.


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.