Toi Maori Gallery

Christina Wirihana

Christina Hurihia Wirihana: Ngati Maniapoto-Raukawa, Ngati Whawhakia, Ngati Pikiao

Christina is a contemporary artist, academic, acclaimed in Aotearoa NZ and Internationally for her weaving which incorporates a mixture of customary and new practices. Christina is the immediate past Chairperson of Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa, National Maori weavers' organisation under the auspices of Toi Maori Aotearoa, served as a committee member for 12 years, six years as Chairperson. Weaving has been Christina's life, and in the last fifty-five years has shared her art experiences both Nationally and Internationally through exhibitions, artist residencies, conference presenter/observer, art commissions and generally being available when required. More recently, Christina has continued to advocate and research innovative pathways for Maori weavers through her long-standing National and International networks. Christina and her Mother, Matekino Lawless QSM, have an established relationship as weavers and as good friends. This unique partnership has drawn much interest from National and International weavers, by sharing inter-generational expertise as a team. Since 1998, Christina has continued to maintain her long association and relationship with the Longhouse at Evergreen State College, Olympia, USA and who continues to advocate their innovative vision to support Indigenous Research and Art Symposiums. This association will continue with the possibility of creating more opportunities for the up and coming researchers' and artists of the future.