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Sixty years ago, the 1963 NZ Māori Arts & Crafts Institute Act was signed, making it an important time to reflect on its legacy and what lies ahead for the future.
The NZ Māori Arts & Crafts Institute (NZMACI) is home to the schools of Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau (National Wood Carving School), Te Takapū o Rotowhio (National Stone and Bone Carving School) and Te Rito o Rotowhio (the National Weaving School).
NZ Māori Arts & Crafts Institute general manager Eraia Kiel says it is a huge achievement for te iwi Māori that NZMACI has delivered on the Act’s responsibilities to protect, preserve and promote Māori culture.
While 60 years of history is being recognised, we also acknowledge that Parliament enacted the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute Vesting Act in 2020 with mana whenua owners through the Te Puia NZMACI Limited Partnership. The partners are Wāhiao Tūhourangi o Whakarewarewa, the Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust, and Ngāti Hurungaterangi, Ngāti Taeotū, and Ngāti Te Kahu o Ngāti Whakaue. Vesting means that Te Puia | NZMACI is iwi owned.
The New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute Vesting Act (2020) identifies six functions of the Institute (note these are carried over from the 1963 Act):
We look forward to sharing our mahi with you.
You can experience NZMACI as a visitor by booking a Te Puia guided experience here and seeing the schools in action. You can browse and shop for taonga created by the tauira, pouako and tumu at Ahua Gallery. Or you can apply to be a student in October each year – see the Te Rito, Te Takapū and Whakairo Rākau for more information on intakes.