Authentic Māori Art Gallery

COVID-19 UPDATE September 2020

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

We had hoped to restart our free Reo Up! classes this week, but due to Covid-19 alert level 2, we will have to taihoa alongside the rest of the country.
We are being guided by the government and following Level 2 protocols as recommended.
We’ll be open as usual albeit with Level 2 procedues in place.

The weekly Thames Grahamstown Market Day on Saturdays has been called off and will remain a no go until we are back in Level 1. You can find out more here.

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Regular Winter hours are 11am – 3pm Thursday to Saturday
Spring hours 10am – 4pm Wednesday – Saturday

Aroha Hathaway set up Arohart as a marketplace for local Māori artists. Prior, little genuine Māori art was being offered in the community. There was a lot of cheap, imported craft and some work that could be described as cultural misappropriation. So Arohart was created to bring mana back to genuine Māori arts and art practitioners.

The gallery has now become a kind of Māori hub, offering wānanga, classes, workshops and opportunities for the community to learn and grow.

Aroha Hathaway is of Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngā Puhi heritage, but was born in Thames (at the local hospital) and Thames is her home. She’s graced New Zealand’s airwaves and screens for nearly 30 years and contributes to her industry and community at all levels. An artist, performing artist, radio executive board member and Māori celebrator, Aroha now adds the role of Company Director to her kete.

Tikirau Hathaway BCE (Tūhoe, Ngati Kahungunu, and Ngā Puhi), has been an actor and film and television contributor.  He’s grown up in radio, film and television, and developed a love for visual art and design. Tikirau Hathaway is a Unitec, Ngā Puna O Waiōrea and Te Uru Karaka graduate.  

Arohart would not be online without the kind support of Creative NZ