Taarati Taiaroa
is an Aotearoa based artist, educator and writer with a research-­based practice that utilises archives and place to investigate small narratives and exhibiting histories.


BFA (Hons) | MFA (Hons)
Elam School of Fine Arts

MA – Museums and Cultural Heritage
The University of Auckland


November 2015 – November 2016: Partcipant in the Emerging Curators Programme, a professional development initiative for emerging curators facilitated by The Physics Room and Blue Oyster Art Project Space with the support of the Creative New Zealand.

August, 2012 – February 2016:

Co-director of RM.
RM (room) is an artist-run space, project office and slowly developing archive situated on Samoa House Lane in central Auckland.

Selected writing

Taiaroa, T. (2018). An edited interview with Faamele Etuale. Artspace: The River Remains; ake tonu atu exhibition room sheet.

Taiaroa, T. (2017, 18 October). John Panting, Art & Object: The Glen Schaeffer Collection Catalogue, p.125.

Taiaroa, T. (2017, 6 April). Michael Parekowhai: Oritetanga, Art & Object: Important Paintings and Contemporary Art Catalogue, p.78.

Taiaroa, T. (2016). "Conversational Research: Praxis & Emergence", A Year of Conscious Practice. Retrieved from http://ayearofconsciouspractice.com/texts/conversational-research-praxis-emergence

Taiaroa, T. (2016, November). “Matt Pine: Placement Projects revisited.” Off the Wall. (no.13). Retrieved from: http://arts.tepapa.govt.nz/off-the-wall/10520/matt-pine-placement-projects-revisited

Taiaroa, T. (2015).  A Centre for Māori Art: The University of Auckland Tukutuku. Gus Fisher Gallery, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.
Taiaroa, T. (2013). Shape Analysis. Sydney, Australia:

Mckay, B., Jack, F., Taiaroa, T. (2012). “War Memorial Wharenui and Wharekai”. In Indigenising Knowledge for Current and Future Generations: Symposium Proceedings March 2012. Auckland, New Zealand: Te Whare Kura: Indigenous Knowledges, Peoples and Identities Thematic Research Initiative; The University of Auckland; and Ngā Pae o te Māramantanga, New Zealand’s Indigenous Centre of Research Excellence, The University of Auckland, New Zealand, pp.80-93.
Taiaroa, T., Williams, T. (eds.). (2011). components of a special collection. Auckland, New Zealand: Taarati Taiaroa and Tracey Williams.

Arps, D., Taiaroa, T., Williams, T. (2010). To wish you a wish with best wishes for kind thoughts and every good wish: Tracey Williams and Taarati Taiaroa talk to Dan Arps about Best Wishes Nora Gee. Projectspace B431, Auckland, New Zealand: The University the Auckland.

Taiaroa, T., Williams, T. “Best Wishes Nora Gee.” In The National Grid #7. Auckland, New Zealand: The National Grid, July 2011, p.53.

Taiaroa, T., Williams, T. (2010). BEST WISHES NORA GEE: a complete collection. Auckland, New Zealand: Tracey Williams, Taarati Taiaroa, The University of Auckland.

Selected presentations

Taiaroa, T. (2017, 08 September). “A typology of Maori art exhibitions.” Paper presented at Tai Ahiahi /// Tai Awatea: Curating Contemporary Māori Art Symposium, City Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.

Taiaroa, T., Smuts Kennedy, S. (2015, 23 July). “The Park”. Critical Forum: Aesthetics and Ecologies for a Future World. Massey University, Collage of Creative Arts.

Taiaroa, T. (2013, 09 August). “Kaupapa Māori exhibiting histories.” Paper presented at ST PAUL St Gallery Curatorial Symposium 2013, Auckland University of Technology: From a history of exhibitions towards a future of exhibition making, Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium, Auckland, New Zealand.

Selected public programmes, workshops & events

Reflections and Directions, Conversational Research Hui, Physics Room, Christchurch. Saturday 12 November 2016. Presenters: Taarati Taiaroa with Jess Holly Bates, Bridget Riggir with Ana Iti, Bridget Reweti with Salote Tawale, Fayen d'Evie with Katie West. Co-organiser and presenter.

Waiver • Flash • Deviate [performance event]. Hana Aoake, Matilda Fraser, Olivia Blyth. Saturday 11 June, 2016. Eastern Art Express. Auckland, New Zealand: Te Tuhi & Malcolm Smith Gallery. Co-curated with Bridget Riggir-Cuddy.

Taharangi Hou | Shaping the New Horizon, Ōtepoti Matariki Wānanga: Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin Public Library. Friday 10 – Sunday 12 June 2016. Co-facilitator with Elisapeta Heta.

Master class: The art of service: working in the collective space for collective outcomes. Massey University. College of Creative Arts, Friday July 24, 2015. Design and facilitation of Master class.

The Park artist talk & community workshops in community centres: Studio One, Grey Lynn, Kelmarna Gardens, Green Jam, Parnell, Grafton. April–June 2014. Presentation & Workshop.

Components of a special collection: a discussion on making books in artistic practice, speakers included – David Merritt, Peter Simpson, Mary Louise Brown, Richard Orjis, Simon Eisling, Taarati Taiaroa and Tracey Williams: 09 April 2011. Panelist & coordinator.

Assessing printmaking as a medium and methodology, panelists included: Jonathan Mane-Wheoki (Ngapuhi/Te Aupouri/Ngati Kuri), Peter Simpson, Jonty Valentine, Steve Lovett, Tracey Williams and Taarati Taiaroa; with Fiona Jack (Chair). 24 April 2010. Panelist & coordinator.