Matatoki: MaTA ā Waka

22 February 2020 – 27 September 2020

Matatoki: Mata ā Waka is the first exhibition to open Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga’s 2020 programme celebrating Mana Moana – Mana Tauranga.
 

This exhibition brings together internationally-recognised, contemporary Māori carvers who work under the collective ‘Matatoki’ (meaning ‘the blade of the adze, the cutting edge’). The initial core group came together in the mid 1990’s while involved with Waiariki Institute of Technology and New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua. Subsequently, their carving has been highly sought after by international collectors, much of which has not been seen by local audiences. They first exhibited together at Rotorua Museum in 2013 which then toured to the Dowse Art Museum.

Mata ā Waka features works by 16 carvers from around Aotearoa including Lewis Tamihana Gardiner, Ian-Wayne Reihana Grant, Simon Lardelli, Todd Couper, Fayne Robinson and Iwi Le Comte. Le Comte recently won the 2019 Rotorua Museum Supreme Art Award with his work Te Ipukarea. The theme for Mata ā Waka addresses long traditions of waka carving, te moana (the ocean), voyaging, vessels, navigation and new forms melding these traditions.

  
Alongside these contemporary works are taonga tūturu (historical objects) from the Tauranga Heritage Collection reflecting traditional artworks that relate to the theme. Included amongst these is a 700-year-old tīheru (bailer), a tauihu (prow), a selection of hoe (paddles), toki (adze blades), punga (anchor-stones) and a waka tīwai (plain dug-out canoe).
 
The works display the current strength of carving in Aotearoa New Zealand as an artform, while acknowledging the history, utility and warfare of previous generations. With great reverence and mana, Matatoki: Mata ā Waka honours traditions while challenging conventions and re-conceiving traditional forms.
Artists include Dan Couper, Mike Green, Jason Hina, Tracy Keith, Rakei Kingi, Joel Marsters, Charles Paringatai, Thomas Ratima, Hemi Sungren and Kereama Taepa. 

Image: Thomas Ratima Hoe (detail), 2019

Take the virtual tour here

Read our Gallery Director's full interview with Todd Couper here



PRINCIPAL EXHIBITION PARTNER: 


 

CHARLES PARINGATAI
Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou

TEWHATEWHA, 2019
Native Pūriri, Whalebone, muka, kashi feathers


Photograph by: Anne Shirley

 

DAN COUPER
Ngāti Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu

RUAWHARO, 2019
Clay, Tōtara

Photograph by: Anne Shirley

FAYNE ROBINSON
Ngāti Apa Ki Te Rā Tō, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe

KŌHATU, 2019
Pakohe stone

Photograph by: Anne Shirley

FAYNE ROBINSON
Ngāti Apa Ki Te Rā Tō, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe

HOE (PADDLE), 2019
Tōtara
 

Photograph by: Anne Shirley

IAN-WAYNE REIHANA GRANT
Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne, Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa, Te Āti Awa


WAKA KŌPAPA (CANOE HULL), 2019
Tōtara

Photograph by: Anne Shirley

IWI LE COMTE
Te Arawa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu

TE IPUKAREA, 2019
Onewa stone, Pearl inlay
 

Photograph by: Anne Shirley

JASON HINA
Ngā Rauru Kiitahi, Ngāti Apa, Te Atihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kauwhata


TĀKU TAI MOANA, 2017
Kōkawa/Andesite, Pāua, shells

Photograph by: Anne Shirley

JASON HINA
Ngā Rauru Kiitahi, Ngati Apa, Te Atihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kauwhata

RAUKURA, 2010
Tōtara, Pāua

Photograph by: Anne Shirley

JASON HINA
Ngā Rauru Kiitahi, Ngati Apa, Te Atihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kauwhata


RAURU ORA, 2003
Tōtara, Pounamu, Pāua, muka
 

Photograph by: Anne Shirley

JOEL MARSTERS
Te Arāwa, Te Whakatohea

WAKA TAUA, 2019
Parāoa (whale bone)

Photograph by: Anne Shirley

 

KEREAMA TAEPA
Te Arawa, Te Āti Awa

TĪHERU (BAILER), 2019
3D printed PLA, Pāua

Photograph by: Anne Shirley

 

LEWIS TAMIHANA GARDINER
Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Te-Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāi Tahu

TE ARAWA E!, 2019
Pakohe, pounamu

Photograph by: Anne Shirley

MIKE GREEN
Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa

TE TAKERE (THE BELLY OF THE WAKA), 2020
Tōtara

Photograph by: Anne Shirley

 

RAKEI KINGI
Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Tainui, Ngāti Rang- inui

AWHERO (AN EXPRESSION OF THE AMBITIOUS VOYAGER), 2020
Tōtara

Photograph by: Anne Shirley

 

RAKEI KINGI
Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Tainui,
Ngāti Ranginui


KAIWHAKATERE (A NARRATIVE OF THE CONFIDENT NAVIGATOR), 2020
Tōtara

Photograph by: Anne Shirley

 

SIMON LARDELLI
Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata


ROIMATA, 2020
fibreglass rods, plywood
 

Photograph by: Anne Shirley

SIMON LARDELLI
Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata

TAI TIMU TAI PARI, 2019
Stainless steel, Tōtara

Photograph by: Anne Shirley

 

SIMON LARDELLI
Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata


PA TIKI, 2019
pallet

Photograph by: Anne Shirley

THOMAS RATIMA
Ngāti Ranginui


HOE (PADDLE), 2019
Rātā

Photograph by: Anne Shirley

TODD COUPER
Ngāti Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu


WAKAHUIA, 2019
Tōtara (lid) Kauri (bowl), paint, ink

Photograph by: Anne Shirley

HEMI SUNDGREN
Ngāti Toa, Atiawa ki Whakarongotai, Ngāti Rangatahi, Ngā- ti Raukawa, Ngai Te Rangi

JASON HINA
Ngā Rauru Kiitahi, Ngati Apa, Te Atihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kauwhata

KO ĀIORANGI TE WAKA, K0 IHENGA RĀUA KO RONGOMAI TANGATA KEI RUNGA, 2007
Tōtara
 

Photograph by: Anne Shirley

TRACY KEITH
Ngāpuhi

TANIWHA 2, 2019
Raku fired ceramic

Courtesy of Bartley + Company Art, Wellington

Photograph by: Anne Shirley

Principal Funder

Annual Strategic Partners