Ringa Toi Student Exhibition 2017: celebrating student success

29 Sep 2017

A public exhibition in Wellington has showcased the artwork of secondary school students from across New Zealand, with a focus on Toi Māori.

Hosted by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), the Ringa Toi exhibition celebrates the work of secondary school students working towards achieving NCEA Levels 1–3.

The exhibition showcased artworks at Excellence level across a range of Māori art forms including raranga (weaving), kākahu (wearable art), whakairo (carving), kōwhaiwhai, mahi-tā (paint, print, spray), whakapakoko (sculpture) and mahi-matihiko (digital).

Schools from as far north as Whangarei and as far south as Invercargill took part in the exhibition, and many of the students and teachers attended the launch. More than 1500 people viewed the free exhibition over the five days it was open.

Visitors to the exhibition commented on the very high calibre of artwork on display.

NZQA Chief Executive Karen Poutasi says Toi Māori is recognised as a vehicle to enhance student achievement and encourage retention at school. ‘It also provides a platform where the use of mātauranga Māori is advanced and Māori learner success is accelerated.’

The inaugural Ringa Toi exhibition was launched last year with over 40 works.

This year, visitors to the exhibition had the opportunity to vote for their favourite artwork. Three students received a People’s Choice Award for their artwork:

1: Phoenix Prujean, Ōtāhuhu College

2: Selena Overhoff, Ōtāhuhu College

3: Jakaia Williams, Awatapu College


Six others received a Highly Commended or Commended award:

Highly Commended

Whakairo: Phoenix Prujean, Otahuhu College

Mahi-Tā: Tarsha Reti, Pukekohe High School

Mahi-matihiko: Mahina Rose Holland Bennett, Western Springs College



Whakairo: Toka Tu Moana Tamihere, Gisborne Boys’ High School

Mahi-Tā: Tu Pono Whanga-Whiu, Te Wharekura o Rākaumangamanga

Mahi-matihiko: Lea Jody Rust, Western Springs College



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