Te Puia, Hemo Rd PO Box 334
Rotorua 3040, New Zealand.
+64 7 348 9047   info@tepuia.com

Operating Hours:
8am – 5pm Winter (April - September)
9am – 6pm Summer (September – April)

NZ Māori Arts


Our Cultural Legacy
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Te Puia houses the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, established in the 1920s to foster all aspects of Māori culture. At Te Puia, national schools of carving, weaving and other traditional arts train talented students from around New Zealand under the guidance of master craftspersons.

The New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute

History of NZMACI

Traditionally, weaving and carving were vital Māori arts but by the 1920 they were in danger of extinction. Established in 1926, the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute at Te Puia has seen carving, weaving and other traditional Māori art forms not only survive but thrive.

The New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute

Establishment of NZMACI

By the 1920s our culture and traditions were in serious danger of being lost forever. The visionary Māori politician, Sir Apirana Ngata, believed that our material culture – particularly wood carving – held the key to our cultural preservation. His efforts saw the first Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, established in 1926. This helped revive traditional Māori arts and crafts and laid solid foundations for the New Zealand Māori Arts and Craft Institute at Te Puia today.

The New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute

National Wood Carving School

At the National Wood Carving School (Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau) you can see this prestigious art form being handed down from master carvers to young trainees. Watch as students practice this great traditional Māori art form in front of your eyes.

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The New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute

National Stone and Bone Carving School

At the National Stone and Bone Carving School (Te Takapū o Rotowhio) students learn the revered tradition of carving pounamu (New Zealand greenstone), bone and stone. Students in this school also explore other materials and technical processes, including casting.

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The New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute

National Weaving School

At the national weaving school students learn the ancient art of Māori weaving. At Te Puia you can watch the weavers at work and interact with them as they create garments of great beauty.

In recent times a greater range of classes have been offered, including community-based courses. In 2000, night-classes were introduced, followed by a full-time, three-year course. 

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