Photo By Norm Heke

He pūhoro ō mua, he pūhoro ki tua

Te Ātinga is a Contemporary Māori Visual Arts committee that focuses on supporting
Māori artists to explore, experiment, develop and share their creative interests. What makes
it different from mainstream New Zealand art is that our Māori art forms can come together
to create whānau, hapū, iwi and group events. These rely on individual artists who can help
to establish style, identity and standards to give expression to the collective needs.
Te Ātinga policies have helped artists to focus on their art forms and their needs.
This encourages innovation and initiatives for cultural exploration that can lead into
the use of new materials, technologies and inter-cultural exchanges that modernise and
challenge the status quo. It also does simple support processes like helping an artist buy
materials to do their mahi. That Te Ātinga still works for its clients, after
25 years, is a measure of its achievements. It is a credit to its leaders and committee
members who have retained its purpose, credibility and integrity.
Ka nui te mihi,

Dr Cliff Whiting ONZ

Current Committee

Te Ātinga Contemporary Māori Visual Arts Committee service

Sandy Adsett
1987-2014 founding member (Chair 1987-2004)




Manos Nathan
1987-2014 founding member (Chair 2004-2005)




Kura Te Waru-Rewiri
1987-1991 founding member




Robyn Kahukiwa
1987-1989 founding member




Aromea Te Maipi
1987-1989 founding member




Ross Hemera
1987-1991 founding member




Colleen Urlich
1989-2014




Ngapine Allen
1989-1993




Steve Gibbs
1989-1997




June Grant
1991-2014




Ngaromoana Raureti
1993-1994




Derek Lardelli
1994-1997 floating membership





Paerau Corneal
1994-1996 floating membership





Chris Bryant-Toi
1997-present (Chair 2007-2010)




Gabrielle Belz
2000-present (Chair 2005-2007)




Ngataiharuru Taepa
2000-2008, 2010-present (Chair 2010-2015)





Dorothy Wateford
2005-present




Hemi Macgregor
2005-2017





Nigel Borell
2008-present (Current Chair 2016)





Tāwera Tahuri
2015-present (Secretary)





Priscilla Cowie
2015-present




Regan Balzer
2015-present




Margaret Aull
2015-present





Simon Kaan
2015-2017





BJ Natanahira
2015-present




Paora Allen 

2018-present

TE ĀTINGA

Te Ātinga, e Aue,

Te Ātinga taku hei

E pupu ake nei.

Te Ātinga, e Aue

Te Ātinga, taku hei

E wawau ake nei.

E kore e Waimemeha,

No te pō-hakune atu, hakune mai.

E kore e takarita,

No te po tipu, po rea

Karanga mai!

I te maruanuku o waimatua

Ka tū a takahi, toitu ki taiao

Ki te Ao Marama e,

Hei a ia te ao nei,

Mai te huka o te tai,

Ki te Ao Parauri e.

Te Ātinga, e Aue,

Te Ātinga taku hei,

E wawau ake nei.

Te Ātinga taku hei,

E pupu ake hi !


Composed 1995 by Derek Lardelli ONZM,

Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata

Ngāti Konohi (Ngāi Te Riwai),

Ngāti Kaipoho (Ngāi Te Aweawe).


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