Ringa Toi Series

31 Oct 2022

Cultural creators inspire us to see into te ao Māori, the Māori world to be inspired and connected. Here are some key insights we’ve had working with some of the very best in this field.

A “Ringa Toi” is a creative hand. Toi means art, but also indigenous and native. So it represents cultural creators who navigate customary Māori design in modern mediums and applications.

From kaiwhakairo (carvers), to kaitā moko (tattoo artist) to painters and poets, our work with Ringa Toi has created inspiring outcomes.

Todd Cooper | Ngāti Kahungunu

A carver that creates stunning pieces of art with a visual language that transcends nationalities and cultures.

We commissioned Todd to work with us on a master artwork for Manukura, the team of Māori within PWC, who champion Māori values and tikanga. The artwork has a central manu bird, surrounded by energy flow that connects it to the land and sky.

Graham Tipene | Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Haua, Ngāti Manu

Graham is an artist celebrating the unique relationship of people to whenua, of culture to identity, embedding mātauranga to inspire and engage.

We have worked with Graham across many projects, including for his own people of Ngati Whatua Ōrākei. Te Tomokanga a Te Kawau was an initiative to stimulate economic opportunity, with iwi Māori working together for greater impact.

We also worked with Graham on Te Waharoa to express a strategic framework for the protection of mātauranga Māori. Developed by PWC to support their work with cultural knowledge.

Tristan Marler | Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri

A multidisciplinary artist, trained in Whakairo Rakau and specialising in Tā Moko. Tristan’s painting and print making draw upon a rich cultural heritage.

This beautiful design was created for the Wellington City Council’s Māori Engagement Team and for use across all kaupapa Māori. It has two manaia that spiral into each other as an expression of partnership, mana and connection to te ao Māori.

Pip Hartley | Ngāti Tuwharetoa

Working in both traditional and contemporary Māori and Pasifika art forms, Pip’s work blends personal expression and community identity building for positive impact.

Whāia Te Tika is an artwork that expresses ACC’s commitment to vital shifts that will better meet the needs of Māori. The tukutuku represent the supportive structures that will provide better access, outcomes and experiences with ACC. The central person is future generations and the aspiration for oranga whānau, or family wellbeing.