Art Night Pō Whakaatu Toi
2 July, 4-10pm

This month, we celebrate the Matariki Wellington Festival. Mahara is joining forces with other special late night openings at galleries across the Wellington region, Te Papa, The Dowse (Lower Hutt),  Expressions (Upper Hutt) and Pataka (Porirua). Jump on board a free Art Night bus and celebrate Matariki with live music, exhibitions and special events after dark. We’ll be hosting you on board with information on what to expect at each gallery (please let the host on each bus know if you have any accessibility issues).


Buses run 4-10pm. There will be one main circuit between Porirua (Pataka), Lower Hutt (the Dowse) and the CBD (City Gallery Wellington and Te Papa) with buses departing every 15 minutes in BOTH directions.

There are also two auxiliary routes: a shuttle between The Dowse and Expressions (Upper Hutt) running every 30 minutes; and between Pataka and Mahara Gallery (Waikanae) running every 45-60 minutes. If it’s a nice evening, we encourage Art Night visitors to walk between City Gallery and Te Papa across the City to Sea Bridge. Walking hosts will help guide you. There is also a shuttle running every 15 minutes between Te Papa and City Gallery.


At Mahara, we’ll be having a one night only Youth artists exhibtion Tiaho mai- Shine forth,  held at the local marae. Exhibitions,  He Toi Reikorangi- Te Atiawa artists celebrate Matariki . There will also be Kapahaka performances by a local school, music by  Matiu Te Huki and Kua Ranea  Aperahama, a lighting display through Mahara place and  airbrush tattoos by Dwight Fraser in the gallery.  


Current Exhibitions

He Toi Reikorangi - Te Atiawa Artists Celebrate Matariki at Mahara

Opening Friday 12 June 2015 at 4pm, all welcome.

13 June - 12 July 2015 | Mahara Gallery | Free


Mahara features 25 leading Te Atiawa artists residing throughout the country to Waikanae, providing a range of both traditional and contemporary work which is a celebration of shared whakapapa. Most of them have exhibited Internationally and continue to do so.


“He Toi Reikorangi” has a few meanings such as A Beautiful Treasure / A Little bit of Heaven. Reikorangi is also the hill above Waikanae which looks down onto Waikanae. This is also a reference back to Matariki (Heaven, being the stars in the sky).


Image: Kuini 2015 New Zealand, British and Cook Island Coins. Courtesy of Matthew McIntyre-Wilson


The exhibition includes the following artists:
Brett Rangitaawa, Chris Gerretzen, Darcy Nicholas, Erena Baker, Erika Muna Lee, Gabrielle Belz, Hemi Sundgren, Kereama Taepa, Kohai Grace, Lisa Tamati, Maria Brockhill, Matthew McIntyre-Wilson, Mitchell Hughes, Ngahina Hohaia, Ngatai Taepa, Pip Devonshire, Rakairoa Hori, Rangi Kipa, Tania Niwa, Taryn Beri, Tracey Morgan, Veranoa Hetet, Wi Taepa, Snooks Forster



Previous Exhibitions


A Micronaut in the Wide World: The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy

Exhibition developed and curated by Gregory O’Brien in partnership with

Exhibition Services Ltd.


Happy birthday Frances Hodgkins


Five works loaned by the Field Collection Trust and Avenal McKinnon


Exhibition runs until Sunday  June 7  2015 



The New Zealand Artist Abroad, 2003, ink and pencil, 760 x 560 mm. Wellington City Council Art Collection. Used with permission of the Estate of Graham Percy.



Frances Mary Hodgkins (1869-1947)

A Fortune Teller [The Fortune Teller], 1896. Courtesy of the Field Collection TrusT


Summer Classics

A suite of six paintings on loan from Avenal McKinnon and the Field Collection. 

Francis Hodgkins, Goose Girl, 1905 (Courtesy Field Collection Trust)




20th December 2014 - 1st of Feburary 2015:


Lightness of Being, Michelle Backhouse


Michelle Backhouse, Sway, 2014. Photograph by Helen Fierlinger


(Somewhere) Between, Trevor Pye 


Trevor Pye, Secret Geography, 2014







Upcoming Exhibitions

Shimmer moon  

Prakash Patel 

Cosmic Sea, Prakash Patel 


NEW Space

Legacy - Whakareretanga

JoAnna Mere


19 July – 23 August



Upcoming Events


He Toi Reikorangi

Te Atiawa Artists Celebrate Matariki at Mahara 

Formal opening Friday 12 July

Powhiri and exhibition opening  4-6 pm 



Kāpiti kaumātua perform kapa haka , Tuesday 30 June, 11am-12noon



Jump on board a free Art Night bus and  catch special late night openings at galleries across the Wellington region. Thursday 2 July 4-10pm.

Kapanui Primary School kapahaka in Mahara Place at 4pm,

Tīaho mai: shine forth, young artists from KYS showing in Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai marae, opening 4.30pm.

Matiu Te Huki and Kua Ranea Aperahama performing between 5– 9.30pm.

 Hangi food available, also Olive Grove Café, Siggy’s Café and  Shoreline Cinema.

Lighting up Art Night, special light show through Mahara Place to Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai Marae. Generously supported by the Deane Endowment Trust.



Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 July, 10am - 12 noon, entry free



 Friday 10 July 10.30am - 11.30am, entry free, family event.


Supported by the Wellington Regional Amenities Fund and the Deane Endowment Trust.                                                       






Gallery Hours

Tuesday - Saturday10am - 4 pm

Sunday1pm - 4pm



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