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Tatau 2022




Tickets are per day only. Each day includes:

- One Day, 9.30am - 9.30pm

- Access to your days programming

- Please arrive promptly at 9.20am to be welcomed on to the Marae

- Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner (refreshments available throughout the day)


20 Sep | Symposium Day 1 Programme

21 Sep | Symposium Day 2 Programme

22 Sep | Symposium Day 3 Programme


Sympsium Registration



Our three day Toi Kiri 2022 Symposium opens the door to the world of our artists in wānanga


The kaupapa of our gatherings as skin marking practitioners, is twofold.

1/ It is the opportunity for our artists to share new learnings and skills, spending their time with likeminded skilled practitioners from all over the world, and;

2/ the public festival component allows our artists to politically claim space for distinct indigenous practices while sharing their artistic achievements and the wider cultural context of their art forms.

By attending one of our Symposium days you have the unique opportunity to engage with our artists who will be working throughout the wānanga, creating in a range of art practices that inform their broad artistic expertise.


Our artists have come from far and wide, chasing the lifting of international border restrictions, to be at Toi Kiri 2022; tickets are limited so get your symposium ticket today

Day 1



9.30am Whakatau, Welcome

10.00 - 12.00pm | Darcell Apelu: Legacy and Practice


Join us as we explore A Death of Prosperity, the lovechild of Artist Darcell Apelu which was presented in collaboration with Supercut Projects and Tauranga Art Gallery. In this talk well share our process, highlights and upcoming projects.


Darcell Apelu’s (Niue) art practice involves mediums such as moving image, sound, performance and installation. Her practice is informed by her experiences as an afakasi female. The body plays an important role as she explores perceptions of the Pacific body, identity and of "being other" within the social climate of New Zealand.

Kai o te rānui

1.30 - 3.30pm | Lissy Cole and Rudi Robinson: Transforming intergenerational trauma into deeply felt joy one crochet loop at a time


In this workshop we share how we have been on a journey of transformation through our crochet practice  and how we navigate this emerging art form  through the duality of female and male energies by joining soft wool and hard sculpture together.


The practice of husband and wife duo Lissy and Rudi Robinson-Cole is full of extraordinary colour, energy and life. Through sculptural crocheted forms, the kaupapa of joy a gift from their tupuna, is implanted in their works as they bring together neon colours, textures, and shapes that explore connections of crochet to their hopes of sharing more understandings of Mātauranga Māori.


4.00 - 6.00pm | Iata Peautolu: Expressions of Niue


Iata Peautolu - Niuean Māori (Te Whanau a Apanui) is a multidisciplinary artist who is known for his  Tā moko and tatatau practice. Inspired by his Maori and Niuean lineage he also creates art that  iconography in his work investigates migration and navigation practices from the Pacific, which he uses to develop his visual narratives within his work.


7.30 - 9.30pm | Gregory Williams: Haida Art and Culture

Gregory Gig- K’aajuu G’aaya - (Haida) will open us to the world of his people by exploring his practice in relation to the  Haida First Nations culture.

Gig- K’aajuu G’aaya is a professional tattoo artist starting his journey learning from artist Mark Paroyan and for the last 6 years has owned a studio in Daajiing Giids on Haida Gwaii called Haida Inkk ( He has also worked out of a high end shop in Vancouver, Canada called Liquid Amber Tattoo & Art Collective and Divine Ink in Terrace. Surrounded by extremely talented artists and new mentors, Gig continues to elevate/grow as an artist and a person. Focusing in Haida formline art and realism he continues to study and absorb knowledge from Haida/Tlingit mentor Nahaan, and Salish artist Dion Kaszas.

Day 2



9.30am Whakatau, Welcome

10.00 - 12.00pm | Kauae Raro: Nga Tae o Papatuanuku through paint making with Earth Pigment


A workshop to explore nga tae o Papatuanuku through paint making with earth pigment led by Kauae Raro members Sarah Hudson Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pūkeko) and Lanae Cable (Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Pūkeko)


Kauae Raro Research Collective was founded in 2019 by Lanae Cable (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pūkeko, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Maru ki Hauraki), Jordan Davey-Emms (Ngāti Pākeha), and Sarah Hudson (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pūkeko, Ngāi Tūhoe). We started out as a group of friends with interests in research, art, pottery, rongoā Māori and whakapapa.

Kai o te rānui

1.30 - 3.30pm | Mera Penehira: Kaitiakitanga: The politics and power of protection and the moko/tatau (r)evolution


Mera will lead her panel of women speaking to their experiences as practitioners and/or activators in the indigenous skin marking space in Aotearoa. They will talk to the responsibilities and liberties that come with being in this space. They will talk to the opportunities and challenges of speaking out


Mera Penehira (Ngāti Raukawa ki Ōtaki and Rangitaane) was born and raised in Te Kuiti and is currently Professor of Indigenous studies at Te Wananga o Awanuiarangi. Mera has a background in Māori and Special Education and has been extensively researching Māori health. Her doctoral thesis centred on traditional knowledge and healing practices, case studying Māori women with hepatitis C. In particular the research examined the process of moko (traditional Māori skin carving) and notions of mouri ( life principle) as legitimate components of Māori well being. She also spoke extensively on issues around Tā moko in the screening of season two of Moko.⁠


4.00 - 6.00pm | Julia Mage’au Gray: Tep Tok: Our Lines Connect Us


Tep Tok: Our Lines Connect Us with Michaelyn Aisa Pokarop and Sslevasa Etoli’una Gray
Julia will share her latest documentary Tep Tok: Our Lines Connect Us and lead a discussion on Papua New Guinea revival work.


Julia Mage'au Gray, (Mekeo-speaking area of Central Province, Papua New Guinea) has been marking skin with hand poke and hand tap method since 2013 and transitioned into this art form after many years as dance practitioner, choreographer and director of Sunameke Productions. We welcome Julia to our wānanga/symposium and her presentation of Tep Tok : Reading Between Our Lines, a journey to raise awareness for the dying art form that moved her into a new role of skin marking artist.


7.30 - 9.30pm | Julie Paama-Pengelly: Tā Moko visual literacy workshop

Tā moko visual literacy workshop
Julie Paama-Pengelly (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāi Tūwhiwhia) Tā moko artist, painter, commentator, and curator explores the ongoing visual literacy of Tā moko.

Julie Paama-Pengelly is a New Zealand tā moko artist, painter, commentator, and curator of Māori (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāi Tūwhiwhia) descent. She holds the premise that Māori artistic development is equated with Māori development as our only form of visual literacy.

Day 3



9.30am Whakatau, Welcome

10.00 - 12.00pm | Kereama Taepa and Lance Ngata: NFTs opportunities and pitfalls

Whanau making mean moves in the web space in this workshop we talk about NFT’s and what it means in today's world for our creatives. 





Lance Ngata (Te Atinga a Hauiti, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Ira, Ngāti Kahungungu) is a Tā moko artist and creative, from Mau Studios. His practice spans digital design, video production, brand development, marketing and education.

Kereama Taepa (Te Arawa, Te Āti Awa) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Tauranga Moana. Taepa’s work ranges from fashion, painting, sculpture and installation, and digital technologies. Consistent across his exploration of media is an investigation of the tradition of innovation within te ao Māori

Kai o te rānui

1.30 - 3.30pm | Margaret Aull, Donita Hulme, and Yasbelle Kerkow: The Veiqia Project: The Journey So Far


The Veiqia Project is a creative research project inspired by the practice of Fijian female tattooing of veiqia. We welcome representatives of The Veiqia Project collective to present and workshop at our wānanga/symposium for Toi Kiri 2022.⁠

The Collective; Joana Monolagi, Dr Tarisi Sorovi-Vunidilo, Margaret Aull, Donita Vatuinaruku Hulme,  Dulcie Stewart, and Luisa Tora.⁠

Margaret Aull: Te Rarawa, Tuwharetoa, Lautoka: Fiji, Donita Hulme: Nadroga, Fiji
Yasbelle Kerkow: Batiki Island, Fiji

"The work we have done through the different iterations, research with the project to date. Share some of the highlights of the journey so far."


4.00 - 6.00pm | Margaret Aull, Donita Hulme, and Yasbelle Kerkow: Masi Making Workshop


Masi making workshop - talk about designs and how we construct story.

Margaret Aull: Te Rarawa, Tuwharetoa, Lautoka: Fiji, Donita Hulme: Nadroga, Fiji
Yasbelle Kerkow: Batiki Island, Fiji


7.30 - 9.30pm | Sian Montgomery-Neutze and Julie Paama-Pengelly: Panel Discussion: Moko Kauae and Moko Kanohi

Julie Paama-Pengelly (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāi Tūwhiwhia) and Sian Montgomery-Neutze (Ngai Tara, Muaūpoko) will co-lead a panel discussion on Moko Kauae and Moko Kanohi - consideration to the evolving focus of these Tā moko forms and what our responsibilities are to best practice.

Sian Montgomery-Neutze  (Ngai Tara, Muaūpoko) is a Wellington based freelance artist, moko practitioner and writer/translator. Her art practice embodies tino rangatiratanga and exemplifies a skillset that is deeply rooted in mātauranga Māori. She uses this platform to draw attention to social justice issues that encroach on the contemporary lived Māori experience.

Julie Paama-Pengelly is a New Zealand tā moko artist, painter, commentator, and curator of Māori (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāi Tūwhiwhia) descent. She holds the premise that Māori artistic development is equated with Māori development as our only form of visual literacy.



Food and Refreshments are included

10.00 - 4.00pm | Te Kaha: Pounamu Workshop


Pounamu workshop - Mako making Cost $200pp

(registration required)
Limited to ten wānanga participants

Hei Mako (shark tooth)
The Whānau Te Kaha offers a wide variety of workshops. During the wānanga Pounamu (workshop) participants learn to tune themselves to their Pounamu. Through the use of Hine Hoanga they bring alive the true beauty of Poutini, finishing in the whiri (plaiting) of the taura, where by each participant leaves wearing their hei taonga pounamu. These wānanga are about creating a connection between the Pounamu,  whakapapa of Pounamu and Poutini, the esoteric understanding of the origins of Pounamu, the healing nature of the stone and it's relationship to the wearer.


Te Kaha is a master pounamu practitioner, educator and spokesperson who has honed his skillset and craft over three decades. His repertoire includes hei tiki pounamu, hei taonga, mere pounamu, patu pounamu, patu onewa, and large scale toki and hei matau.

Pounamu Workshop
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