Toi Māori Aotearoa (English: Māori Arts New Zealand) is a charitable trustthat promotes Māori traditional arts and Māori artists, both in New Zealand and overseas.
Much of Toi Māori's funding comes indirectly from the government, through Creative New Zealand, Te Puni Kōkiri, etc.
Toi Māori receives major funding from Creative New Zealand(Arts Council of New Zealand) to retain networks of artists across a broad range of contemporary arts practice supported by a network of 10 national art form committees. Its activities are exemplified by national gatherings of artists where exhibitions, workshops, presentations, discussions and debates update artists on current trends and opportunities. These national gatherings increasingly identify and promote the new leadership within contemporary Māori arts. Two limited liability companies are used to undertake major international projects. A project company and an event company. Examples are the Toi Māori Art Market occurring every two years in the Wellington region. At this major showcase of the visual arts, indigenous artists join guest artists from the Pacific Rim including Asia, Australia, USA and Canada. In 2005 Maori Art Meets America was a collaborative effort with Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand. From that very successful promotion, the idea of a New Zealand-based showcase was conceived resulting in the Toi Māori Art Market. These have been held in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016/17. In 2010 Toi Maori established a relationship with the National Museum of the Netherlands and currently has a large ornately carved ceremonial canoe(waka) based there. This waka called Te Hono ki Aotearoa (The binds to New Zealand) has featured in events in the Netherlands London and will continue to feature at special events in Europe art festivals.
The Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa is the national arts development agency of the New Zealand government, investing in artists and arts organisations, offering capability building programmes and developing markets and audiences for New Zealand arts domestically and internationally. Its funding consists of approximately 30% central government funding and the remaining amount from the Lotteries Commission. In 2014/15, the Arts Council invested a record $43.6 million in New Zealand arts and arts organisations.
Kura Te Waru Rewiri is a New Zealand artist, academic and educator. Art historian Deidre Brown described her as "one of Aotearoa, New Zealand's most celebrated Māori women artists."
Māori Art Market is biennial Toi Māori event features art exhibitions, art sales, live art demonstrations, such as wood carving and tattooing, as well as presentations and master classes. It features traditional and contemporary Māori art by Māori artists. It was inspired by the Santa Fe Indian Market.
Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa or Māori Weavers New Zealand is the New Zealand national Māori weavers’ collective, which aims to foster and preserve Māori traditional textiles. It has played an important role in facilitating the gathering of weavers of Māori and Pacifica descent to meet, teach and learn from one another.
Diggeress Rangituatahi Te Kanawa was a New Zealand Māori tohunga raranga of Ngati Maniapoto and Ngati Kinohaku descent. At the time of her death she was regarded as New Zealand's most renowned weaver.
Wi Te Tau Pirika Taepa is a New Zealand ceramicist of Ngāti Pikiao, Te-Roro-o-Te-Rangi, Te Arawa and Te Āti Awa descent. He is recognised as a significant figure in contemporary New Zealand ceramics, and a leading figure in contemporary Māori clay art.
Colleen Elizabeth Waata-Urlich was a New Zealand ceramicist. Of Māori descent, she belonged to Te Popoto o Ngāpuhi ki Kaipara and Te Rarawa. Through education, involvement in Māori art collectives and production of exhibited work, Urlich was dedicated to the development of Māori art.
Rangi Kipa is a New Zealand sculptor, carver, illustrator and tā moko artist.
Karl Rangikawhiti Leonard is a New Zealand carver and weaver of Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa and Ngati Raukawa descent. He was the first man elected to the committee of the national Māori weavers' collective, Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa.
Christina Hurihia Wirihana is a New Zealand weaver from Te Arawa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Rangiunora, Ngāti Raukawa, Tainui iwi.
Areta Rachael Wilkinson is a New Zealand jeweller.
Lisa Marie Reihana is a New Zealand artist. Her video work, In Pursuit of Venus [Infected] (2015), which examines early encounters between Polynesians and European explorers, was featured at the 2017 Venice Biennale.
Darcy John Nicholas is a New Zealand artist, writer and art administrator of Māori and European descent.
Rowley Habib, also known as Rore Hapipi, was a New Zealand poet, playwright, and writer of short stories and television scripts.
Marilynn Lois Webb was a New Zealand artist, noted for her contributions to Māori art and her work as an educator. She was best known for her work in printmaking and pastels, and her works are held in art collections in New Zealand, the United States, and Norway. She lectured at the Dunedin School of Art, and was made an emeritus principal lecturer in 2004.
Matekino Lawless is a New Zealand master weaver from Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Whawhakia iwi. Her work is held at marae, in private collections, in the collections of New Zealand and international museums, and at the Headquarters of the United Nations.
Sonia Armana Snowden is a New Zealand Māori tohunga raranga who tutored in arts and weaving at Te Wananga o Raukawa. She identifies with the Ngāpuhi iwi. Her works are held in the collection of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
Raymond Henry "Sandy" Adsett is a New Zealand visual artist and educator. He is acknowledged for championing the art of kōwhaiwhai painting, creating a context for the artform within the development of contemporary Māori art.
John Bevan Ford was a New Zealand Māori artist and educator who started exhibiting in 1966. He is a leading figure in contemporary Māori art with art held in all large public collections of New Zealand. In 2005 Ford received the Creative New Zealand Te Waka Toi Kingi Ihaka Award.
Buck Loy Nin (1942–1996) was a New Zealand artist influential in the development of contemporary Māori art in Aotearoa New Zealand. His landscape paintings have been included in survey exhibitions of contemporary Māori art including Te Waka Toi: Contemporary Maori Art that toured the United States in 1992 and Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art curated by Nigel Borrell and opened in 2020. Selwyn Muru called him 'Buck Nin the Mythmaker'.