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7th Whakaaro Whakairo ARTS Symposium Ōtaki, 2023 

​            Ōtaki-Māori Racing Club alongside the Ōtaki Pottery Club          Saturday 4th to Sunday 12th November         

10am to 4pm daily.

7th Whakaaro Whakairo ARTS Symposium Ōtaki 2023
Encouraging and promoting arts in the community. 


In house practitioners (plus the odd hobbyist) sculpting in stone and wood,

weaving in fibre. Whakairo rākau, whakairo kōhatu, and the whare

pora, invited artists immerse into their creativity, honing,

grinding, stripping, chipping, bending, dampening,

weaving, chiseling, carving, binding, forming:

Thought Becomes Reality - Whakaaro Whakairo

Supported by:

Creative New Zealand/McKenzie Trtust

Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu. Nō reira kei te mihi.


Well-known artist Albert McCarthy kindly allowed the use his artwork "Mauri" as the Whakaaro Whakairo logo.

Known affectionately to us as Albi he has been involved with Whakaaro Whakairo since its inception in 2016. 

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