The main event

MAORI ART MARKet is an iconic event produced by Toi Maori Market Limited a subsidiary of Toi Maori Aotearoa.


MAORI ART MARKet showcases the best contemporary Maori art under the same roof for three days. Members of the public can view the best that Aotearoa has to offer, as well as having the opportunity to purchase works for themselves.

In addition to the art works for sale, there is an extensive public programme that features fashion, cooking, music and other things to keep the audience entertained.


It all started as part of the `Eternal Thread' exhibition in San Francisco under the name of `Maori Art Meets America'. That exhibition has since become history with the sailing of a Maori war canoe under the Golden Gate Bridge and the dawn ceremony launch of Maori art at the Yerba Buena Arts Centre in San Francisco. Americans asked where they could purchase the art in New Zealand and that gave rise to MAORI MARKet at the ASB Arena in Wellington City in 2007.

2009 was essentially the third time MAORI ART MARKet had its showing. It marked the first time that the MARKet was held at Te Rauparaha arena in Porirua. While, the venue changed, it still focused on showcasing the very best of the contemporary Maori art movement.

The most recent Market was held from the 6th-9th of October 2011 again at Pataka Museum and Gallery and Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua City, Wellington. MAORI ART MARKet 2011 brought together over 200 Maori visual artists, musicians and culinary experts.