Te Waka Toi

Te Waka Toi, the Maori arts board of Creative New Zealand, is responsible for developing Ngā Toi Māori and artists. It invests contestable funding, develops initiatives and delivers tailored programmes. Te Waka Toi also funds Toi Maori Aotearoa and Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre. With the Arts Board of Creative New Zealand, it contributes to the annual funding of Taki Rua Productions. Go to the Funding section for more information on funding through Te Waka Toi.


Darrin Haimona, Chair, of Waharoa (Tainui) is Chief Executive Officer of Te Hauora O Ngati Haua Trust. He has set up and run a local iwi arts management plan, and has worked on community housing and non-violence networks. He has strong links with Maori communities in Waikato.

Kura Te Waru Rewiri (Ngati Kahu ki Whaingaroa) is a senior visual artist based in Northland with a long career as an artist and arts educator. She is a Project Leader in Maori Studies at Northland Polytechnic and has previously taught in the Maori Visual Arts department at Massey University, Te Whare Wananga O Awanuiarangi, and at Elam School of Fine Arts at Auckland University.

John Huria (Ngai Tahu) is a Wellington-based literature specialist. He is a director of Ahi Text Solutions, which provides editing and research services with a focus on Maori publishing. He contributed to the award-winning publication on the painter Shane Cotton and recently updated the definitive encyclopedia Maori Life and Custom.

Te Kahautu Maxwell (Te Whakatōhea, Ngāi Tai, Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou, Tūhoe, Ngāti Maniapoto) is currently Head of Tikanga in the School of Māori and Pacific Development at the University of Waikato. He is an expert in tikanga Māori and has a strong background in the performing arts, as a composer of haka, mōteatea, waiata-ā-ringa and poi. Te Kāhautu is the tutor, composer and choreographer of Ōpōtiki-Mai-Tawhiti one of New Zealand’s premier kapa haka. He is currently the Mātaatua delegate for Te Matatini.

Marina Sciascia (Ngati Kahungunu) has represented Ngati Kahungunu nationally and internationally in kapa haka and is a founding member of the Tamateaarikinui team, which has participated in the Aotearoa Traditional Maori Performing Arts Festival for 30 years. She also co-ordinated the New Zealand Festival of Arts Maori programme for four years. She has served on a number of boards, including Te Angiangi Marine Reserve and the Department of Conservation, and is a Ngati Kere Rohe trustee.

Nathan Hoturoa Gray (Ngai Tahu, Rangitaane, Waikato [whangai]) served as a lawyer and foreign policy advisor in Alaska and Saipan before becoming a freelance journalist covering international feature stories for National Geographic, TNT UK, Hollywood's P3 Update and New Zealand's Tu Mai Magazine. His first book: First Pass Under Heaven - One Man's 4000km Trek along the Great Wall of China was a New Zealand best-seller, sold widely by Penguin Global throughout Australia, China, USA and the UK where he conducted international addresses and promotions. He also released a National Geographic educational package throughout USA and New Zealand schools and hopes to help others embark upon similar journeys.

Matanuku Mahuika (Ngati Porou and Ngati Raukawa) is a partner in Kahui Legal. He specialises in advising Māori trust boards and Māori organisations in structural, business development. His work is in the area of intellectual property, in particular in relation to the recognition given to Māori cultural and spiritual beliefs.

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