Authentic Māori Art Gallery


He aha te mea nui o te ao?  He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.

Message from the Bosses

Tēnā koutou katoa.  We are very aware that the coronavirus situation is changing daily.  With the Prime Minister and our government pulling out all the stops to try and keep Aotearoa safe, we are compelled to meet the challenge.

As such, we are actively working to make sure our little piece of Māori art heartbeat is working with the community to do what it can, when it can and in the best way possible.  At this stage that means the shop is shut until further notice.

Stay safe and keep being the wonderful kind people you are x

Aroha Hathaway and Tikirau Hathaway


Our physical shop is CLOSED for now. 


Online orders already placed and finalised may face delays in delivery due to NZ POST’s changes to its delivery and pick-up services. That means it may be a week or more before your order arrives.

This situation is changing daily. Tiki and I do not want to put the postal service and its employees under any more pressure. They are essential and we think they should be used only for essential deliveries. We want to keep you and them safe too. As such, our online store will be closing for now.


Due to the new border rules announced by the Prime Minister, we have postponed all of our classes until further notice. 

The health and wellbeing of our community is our first priority. If you need any more information on Covid-19 and best practice moving forward, check the Ministry of Health site for guidelines. 

Gateway to the Coromandel Peninsula and Heart of Hauraki

Genuine Māori art, crafts and gifts from local Hauraki artists and world famous Māori creatives.

Precious artefacts, hand-made taonga, locally carved pounamu, high end art, traditional Māori crafts, books including Dr Zeuss in te reo Māori! Arohart. Authentic Māori Art Gallery gives you an authentic Māori experience, guaranteeing that everything you see and touch is Māori made and the genuine article.

Paintings, photography, sculptures, carved pieces, colouring books, games and apparel, rongoa, the range is eclectic, beautifully crafted and genuine.

You’ll also find t-shirts and hats that celebrate Thames and Hauraki region, all designed and created by the owners, mother and son duo Aroha and Tikirau Hathaway.

ArohArt. is more than an art shop: it is a heartbeat that keeps its local Māori community alive and celebrates what it means to be from one of the most beautiful places in Aotearoa. 

ArohArt. has become a hub for all things Māori.  Free te reo Māori and weaving classes take place on a regular basis with more workshops being added to the calendar frequently.

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 (Tūhoe, Ngā Puhi) BCE, is an accomplished 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 is a Ngā Puna O Waiōrea and Te Uru Karaka graduate.  

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