Toi Tamanuhiri, as a kaupapa, as an exhibition, began with a lot of talking and engagement of iwi members. So, to start with, there were a lot of hui (meetings).

This is a vital part of the process of producing an exhibition that represents such a large group of people.

Steve Gibbs presented various ideas to the kaumatua of Ngai Tamanuhiri at their monthly hui in Muriwai. These presentations took place over a matter of years, as decisions were made and progress reports given.

Important stakeholders were invited to these hui at Muriwai, to establish clear relationships and networks between the iwi and these partners.
And it’s always nice to meet people face to face.


Aside from these more formal meetings, there were working group meetings. There were monthly meetings with the staff of Tairawhiti Museum.  Budgets, museum loans, opening events, themes, design, research and writing, etc. were all topics for discussion. This was an excellent way to track the progress of a project of this size. There were hui with contemporary Tāmanuhiri artists, which gave everyone a chance to connect with each other, back to the marae and to give some input to Toi Tamanuhiri.

The following photographs document some of those hui for Toi Tamanuhiri.









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