Authentic Māori Art Gallery
Arohart Authentic Māori Art Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday each week through spring and summer, and Thursday to Saturday in the cooler months. We realise that this doesn’t suit everyone. So we have our online store for people who want the convenience of being able to shop when they want and from anywhere in the world!
We offer shipping to most parts of the globe, there is a a free NZ shipping option too, and we are PayPal and credit card friendly.
We have a huge artist network and we can help you find the perfect piece. We also do bespoke works. If you ever want something a little special, just contact us here and we will do all we can to help you get exactly what you want.
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 is a Unitec, Ngā Puna O Waiōrea and Te Uru Karaka graduate. He’s now working at Haumi, one of the most forward thinking Māori creative agencies in the world, and has added other design experiences to his portfolio including motion graphic design at Mediaworks, starting his own brand Toitiki.