“Taonga Tuku Iho” means traditions, knowledge and treasures handed down by our ancestors.
Preservation of our sacred arts is at the forefront of everything we do. Our concerts and The Māori Arts and Crafts Institute keep our Māori spirit alive, sharing our taonga with you whilst passing it down to the next generation of Māori.
Māori did not have a written language before Europeans arrived on New Zealand shores, and instead used carving, weaving and kapa haka (performing arts) to record stories. These stories are still told today and help to remember our ancestors.
Before going to war, our ancestors would perform a haka to intimidate the opposition. Now synonymous with New Zealand’s Rugby team the All Blacks, the haka has achieved global recognition to become a kiwi icon.