Established in 2007, after a highly successful inaugural event held at the Yerba Buena Centre in San Francisco in 2005, which was a key component of the important Māori Art Meets America project which resonated in the media throughout North America.

The event has since been hosted at Te Raupraha Arena in Porirua (2009 and 2011) and the TSB Bank Arena in Wellington (2007 and 2014).

  • Ara Mai Nuku: Rise up from the Earth. Members of Ngā Kaihanga Uku present Ara Mai Nuku: Rise up from the Earth, which contributes to the ‘Fired Up: Festival of Ceramics' as part of the New Zealand Festival of the Arts 2020. Featuring new work from Baye Riddell, Wi Taepa, Carla Ruka and Amorangi Hikuroa, the exhibition also includes two group installations of unfired works by Todd Douglas, Noelle Jakeman, Rhonda Halliday, Ida Edwards and Dorothy Waetford. Māori Ceramic Art. Ara Mai Nuku as a metaphor alludes to a path rising up from the earth; a broad cultural reference to the past, present and future wellbeing of ceramics as a contemporary form of creative expression for Māori.