Te Iho Rangi

Te Ihorangi is the wharenui, Aratiatia is the marae, Ngaati Wairere is the iwi which gifted the land, Kukutaaruhe is the name of the whenua.

The Māori arts website was launched in the year 2000 firstly as a directory site by Tiki O'Brien to help promote his creative talent after honing his skills while still a student of art at Fairfield College. From 1985 to 1995 Tiki worked fulltime to help complette a fully carved whare nui alongside Tainui master carver Kereti Rautangata as part of a community project in Fairfield. Tiki's contribution included the designing and painting of the entire ceiling kowhaiwhai panels, carving designs and stain glass windows. "I was fortunate to have been given the opportunity and freedome to design and creat works of art while still a teenager. Te Iho Rangi is where it all started for me"says Tiki.

The purpose of the Māori arts site is to provide a simple and easy method for people to navigate into the rich source of traditional and contemporary Māori media, from tattoo, carving, painting, weaving, sculpture and more. As seen through the eyes of an artist. "Taking Māori arts to the world has always been the main message of this website,not only traditional and contemporary Māori art but the entire spectrum of Māori art including design and the impact it has had on the digital media particularly online. The internet is overwhealmed with information. It is the hope through a guided personal Tiki tour into this doorway you will form an appreciation and be inspired to look further into the rich history that is Māori-arts. Image above - Ex Fairfield college students now in their 50's with whanau stand outside Te Ihorangi with Tiki centre taking picture with drone. 2019


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Māori Tourism

Māori tourism is unique to the New Zealand landscape alongside the natural beauty , history, culture and traditions of the Māori. Māori tourism gives you the opportunity to experience the sacred lands, oceans, lakes and valleys the way ancient Māori saw it..

Māori Carving

Whakairo is the traditional art of Māori carving on wood, stone and bone. Many meeting houses and churches highly ornate and decorative have been fully carved by well known Māori master carvers in New Zealand. This ancient form is very much alive and thriving in the carving schools and arts and craft.

Māori Tattoo

New Zealand is the home of Māori tattoo better known as Tā Moko. A new term used to describe this art form is kirituhi or skin art. Māori tattoo is world renown and despite many Māori inspired tattoos being manufactured over seas. Māori tattoo artists maintain the art today true to form.

Māori Media

Māori media traditional and contemporary is the medium from which all communicative, creative and artistic forms of expression, including language is brought together for the purpose of education, learning and conveying a powerfull message.

Māori Weaving

Māori weaving uses harakeke (flax) a native plant used for weaving items such as mats, baskets and bags, just to name a few. But what needs to be mentioned is how Māori weaving including the art of Māori cloak making has evolved to new artistic heights and works of art.

Māori Organisations

Māori organisations feature in many areas such as sports, education, health and well being. Rich in culture, history and knowlege passed down by their ancestors, every tribe has their own way of portraying their tikanga and kawa to express their cultural values .