Professional Learning Day for Art Educators


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Please note: this event is now at full capacity. 


Event details:


Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators (ANZAAE) are proud to offer educators an inspiring day of professional learning focused on Māori art and how to meaningfully engage with Mātauranga Māori in the classroom.

This event has been developed on the occasion of Auckland Art Gallery’s major exhibition, Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Artand in recognition of upcoming changes to NCEA.

This full-day event is free for registered teachers to attend, but registration is required via Eventfinda.


Full programme:

9am - Registration and private viewing of the exhibition

Sign in and enjoy an exclusive preview of the Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art exhibition before the day’s proceedings. Tea and coffee will be available on arrival.

9.45am - Mihi Whakatau

Welcome from a representative of Haerewa, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki's Māori Advisory Group. 

10am - Session one: Te Ahukaramu Charles Royal, Mātauranga Māori – A Creative Legacy

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal is an independent researcher and consultant, and a freelance composer, musician and storyteller. He is passionate about the ‘creative potential’ of indigenous knowledge and communities which he explores through research, teaching and advising, and through music and story. Charles has written/edited six books and ten reports on aspects of mātauranga Māori and iwi histories and traditions. He is also the founder and leader of whare tapere – iwi based ‘houses’ of storytelling, dance, games, music and other entertainments – which takes place in Hauraki. Previously he was a Director at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Director of Graduate Studies and Research at Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa, Ōtaki, and Professor of Indigenous Development and Director, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, University of Auckland. Charles belongs to Marutūahu, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngā Puhi.

11am - Morning tea

11.30am - Session two: Nigel Borell, Creating Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art

Nigel Borell is Curator, Māori Art, at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and the curator of the Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art exhibition. His research focus is in both customary and contemporary Māori art. Nigel holds a Bachelor of Māori Visual Art (Hons) from Massey University (2001) and a Master of Fine Art (Hons) The University of Auckland (2003).  Recent curatorial projects include: co-curating with Zara Stanhope, The Moa Hunters by Areta Wilkinson, for 9th Asia Pacific Triennial, QAGOMA, Brisbane (2018) and The Māori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand, at the Auckland Art Gallery (2016) and deYoung Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco (2017). Nigel belongs to Pirirakau, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi and Te Whakatōhea.

12.30pm - Lunch break (bring or buy your own lunch)

1.30pm - Session three: Donna Tupaea-Petero, Te Mana Orite O Te Mātauranga Māori: From Policy to Practice in the Visual Arts Classroom

Donna Tupaea-Petero has been involved in Secondary School Art Education in Aotearoa New Zealand for the last 25 years. Her work and research interests have focused on improving educational outcomes for Māori, culturally responsive pedagogies that promote equity and excellence, and examining levers for success for Māori in both mātauranga Māori and mainstream education contexts. She brings extensive experience in Visual Arts education policy, assessment and practice and Kaupapa Māori responses. Donna has always been a strong advocate for Arts Education in Aotearoa New Zealand. She is currently the Tangata Whenua representative on the Aotearoa New Zealand Art Educators Association (ANZAAE) and Co-Chairperson of the National Arts Education Alliance Association (NAEAA). Donna belongs to Ngāti Tiipa, Tainui, Ngāti Pikiao and Te Arawa.

2.10pm - Session four: Jay Mason, The Place of Toi Māori in our Mainstream Schools

Jay Mason has been teaching Whakairo at Otahuhu College since 2015. His students have won numerous awards at Te Ringa Toi arts exhibition in Wellington. His schooling was at Mangere College, where his teachers were Bob Jahnke and Max White. Jay completed his Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts (Whakairo) under the late Te Kuiti Stuwart at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. He is currently completing a Diploma in Secondary Teaching at Massey University. Jay’s carving space is a journey into Te Ao Maori, it is based on Tikanga which enables him to inspire his tauira to become great achievers. Jay belongs to Ngāti Awa, Te Arawa.

2.50pm - Afternoon tea

3.20pm - Breakout sessions 

These sessions are supported by ANZAAE (Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators) and are designed to support teacher planning to reflect and integrate a mātauranga Māori / Māori perspectives approach to teaching and learning in the Visual Arts using works from the exhibition as a catalyst. Please note, there is a maximum capacity of 20 people per session. 

  • FULLY BOOKED Painting (Studio, Lower Ground floor)                                                            
  • FULLY BOOKED Printmaking (Boardroom, Lower Ground floor)                               
  • FULLY BOOKED Sculpture (South Atrium, Ground Floor)                
  • FULLY BOOKED Moving Image (Auditorium, Lower Ground floor)                           
  • FULLY BOOKED Photography (Members Lounge, Level 2)
  • FULLY BOOKED Design (External Ampitheatre)   

4.30pm - Final session: Lisa Reihana, Ihi

Since the 1990s, Lisa Reihana has blazed a new and dynamic path in contemporary Māori art to emerge as one of the leading artists in Aotearoa New Zealand. Working across a range of media, including film, sculpture, costume and body adornment, and photography, her art offers a dramatic commentary on Māori history and identity for contemporary times. Lisa translates traditional indigenous concepts and narratives from an urban Māori perspective, providing vivid commentaries on colonialism, and issues of gender, language and place. Lisa’s work has been included in important group exhibitions nationally and internationally and in 2017 she represented New Zealand at the Venice Biennale. She is also a member of Haerewa, Auckland Art Gallery’s Māori Advisory Group. Lisa belongs to Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine and Ngāi Tū.

5.15pm - Closing Drinks 

FREE (limited spots, registration required)

A partnership between Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators (ANZAAE).