Whiringa Toi

The Gallery recognises the rights and responsibilities confirmed in Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

Our partnership relationship with iwi Māori is Ariki ki te Ariki - Leader to Leader - based on the following values:

- Ngā Ūara: Principles

- Tika me te Pono: We endeavor to act with integrity and honesty

- Whanaungatanga: We maintain internal, tribal, and community relationships.

- Kotahitanga me te Mahitahi: We are unified in true partnership and look to collaborate and co-design.

- Manaakitanga: We care for each other and our place.

Whiringa Toi is a partnership platform for iwi and Māori artists to participate in shaping the priorities, procedures, and cultural activities of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre. The group comprises representation of Ngā Iwi o Taranaki and Māori artists living in Taranaki along with the Director of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, a member of the New Plymouth District Council Iwi Liaison Team and others as required. 

The group currently includes Wharehoka Wano (Chair), Aroha Chamberlain, WharehokaSmith, and Morgana Watson. 

WharehokaSmith, Kūreitanga II IV, 2016, installation view at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.
Courtesy the artist. Photo Sam Hartnett