Live your passion. Connect with the traditional arts of our tūpuna.


Toi

Māori and Indigenous Arts

Studying Toi at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is a journey of personal and artistic discovery. As well as learning new skills, you’ll explore your culture and identity, connect with mātauranga Māori (knowledge) and understand the value of being a kaitiaki (promoter and protector) of toi Māori.

You can enrol in a range of toi programmes and specialise in raranga, whakairo, rauangi, or performing arts. We welcome people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds.

In addition to gaining new artistic skills and techniques, Toi students are intrinsically rewarded, as they gain a deeper understanding of themselves and Te Ao Māori (the Māori world).

Explore who you are

The works of our tūpuna (ancestors) display rohe specific styles and patterns that provide markers that are unique to particular hapū and iwi. As you explore the work of your tūpuna, you’ll begin a conversation with your whānau, your hapū, and your iwi that will uncover more about who you are as a person and as an artist located at this time in history amongst your people. You’ll solidify your connections, your whakapapa (genealogy) and your understanding of your identity.

Connect with mātauranga Māori

Mātauranga Māori – our knowledge – is a taonga (treasure). Locked within the works of our tūpuna are the stories, the traditions and the values that define the rhythm of daily life of our people. This invaluable knowledge is your heritage, as well as the heritage of your children, your grandchildren, and generations to come.

Our Te Maunga Kura Toi degree honours this knowledge by connecting our ancient practices with te ao Māori, keeping these alive for future generations.

Be a kaitiaki of toi Māori

The continued existence of ngā mahi o te whare pora relies on kaitiaki who are willing to carry forward the whakaaro (thinking) and tikanga (practices) that guide and inform our artists. As a kaitiaki of this knowledge, you’ll be protecting toi Māori for future generations of artists, and providing a link in the line that extends from the distant past into the future.