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To Celebrate, Nurture and Incubate Toi Māori & Indigenous Practitioners

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Okorore Ngā Toi Māori Projects and Events

The Incubator Creative Hub welcomes you to the very first professionally curated Toi Māori  & indigenous artist studios and artist exchange programme and contemporary Whare Taonga Gallery space in Tauranga Moana. 

Our Vision: 

To celebrate, nurture and incubate Toi Māori and indigenous practitioners. 
To establish a meaningful and collaborative indigenous artists exchange programme. 
To deliver an authentic Whare taonga for the display and sale of high quality artisan product.
To fill a gap in Tauranga Moana to make Toi Māori practices accessible to public. 
To create opportunities to mentor and educate rangatahi delivering specialised learning workshops. 
To employ art and creative activity as a means of storytelling and connecting. 
Collaborations between international indigenous artists to create work generates opportunities to exchange ideas, artistic techniques and cultural practices. 

The Incubator Creative Hub acknowledges the Tauranga Heritage Collection and TCC

for the use of this whare to celebrate arts and culture.

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Okorore's New Roof and Tāonga Tin Art

We are very grateful that the Tauranga Heritage collection invested in a new roof for the Faulkner whare.  The previous roof had deteriorated to the point that the whare was leaking and plagued with mildew - severely compromising the ability to preserve the interior .

All the iron from the old roof has been retained for creative projects.

1.Part of the iron have been designed and cut into decorative shapes that are available to Faulkner descendants enabling them to own a piece of the homestead.

All funds generated from these upcycled taonga will go towards the cutting costs and then put towards delivering Rangatahi workshops at the Creative Hub.

2. The remainder of the iron is earmarked for a mural project engaging local Faulkner descendant artists focusing on a design around the Faulkner history/present. Faulkner descendants will be invited to come and paint alongside them. These murals will live near the Faulkner whare on the Historic Village premises.

Note: The discarded iron from the roof is not to our knowledge and research original however a beautiful sentiment and keepsake of the Faulkner whare ancestors’ home for some of you to own.

If you would like to discuss this further, or order an iron shape, please email here with the shape you wish to purchase and make sure to mention your whakapapa to the whare .

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Introducing Our Current Resident Artists

Past Resident Artists