Te Mauri o Pōhutu

05 – 26 June | Toi Pōneke, Wellington

Te mana, te ihi, te wehi, te wana.

TE MAURI O PŌHUTU is a new series of collaborative installation and time-based artworks by Bianca Hyslop, Rowan Pierce and Tūī Matira Ranapiri Ransfield.

The work responds to the loss of mātauranga Māori due to cultural interruption and assimilation.

It is a sensual offering that addresses the fragility of memory, connection to whenua and reclamation of culture from within foreign frameworks.

TE MAURI O PŌHUTU will be installed and exhibited at Toi Pōneke Arts Centre Gallery opening Kia Mau Festival 2021 on 04th June and closing on 26th June.

Pōhutu is astonishing. Not astonishing in the hyperbolic sense but in a my-heart-is-retreating-further-into-my-chest sense of the word.

Creative Credits

Co-Creators Bianca Hyslop, Rowan Pierce & Tūī Matira Ranapiri Ransfield


05 – 26 June

Short Live Activations (apprx 30 mins) 2pm Sat 12 June | 2pm Sat 19 June | 2 pm Sat 26 June

10 am – 8pm Weekdays

10am – 4pm weekends

Closed public holidays


Toi Pōneke Arts Centre
61-69 Abel Smith Street

Learn More About the Collective

Bianca Hyslop (Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Tūhourangi) and multi award winning artist Rowan Pierce are practitioners at the forefront of their respective fields of contemporary dance/movement and performance design/live art. Based in Aotearoa, both artists have extensive experience and have gained success working independently as well as with top performing arts companies in Aotearoa and abroad. Companies include Atamira Dance Company, Movement of The Human, New Zealand Dance Company, Okareka Dance Company and World of Wearable Arts. This new collaborative partnership is self-produced and together the pair create work that pushes beyond any one form of performing arts practice. Their work is an immersive performance experience that utilises various forms of storytelling including image, movement, sound, spatial/object design and beyond. This results in a universal performative language that defy’s genres and opens up live performance experience to new and broader audiences.

TE MAURI O PŌHUTU is a collaboration between Bianca Hyslop, Rowan Pierce and Tūī Matira Ranapiri-Ransfield: Mātanga Mātauranga Māori/Researcher/Composer Tūī is a descendent of Ohomairangi and Makuratawhiti of the Ngāti Ohomairangi people. She hails from the vessels: Te Arawa, Tainui, Mataatua, Arai-te-uru-, Tākitimu, Manuka, Kurahaupō. A highly skilled Māori performing artist, Tūī specialises in Māori weaponry particularly with patu. Tūī is a composer, tutor and first leader of Te Matarae-i-Ōrehu. Over last 20+ years she has been a judge for Maori performing art forms from Primary through to tertiary level including senior regionals to Te Matatini. Tūī has been active in the role of Mātanga Mātauranga Māori – Cultural Advisor and Consultant for a range of diverse Contemporary Dance Projects including Bianca Hyslop and Rowan Pierce’s Pōhutu, Movement of the Humans ‘Meremere’, Okareka’s ‘Mana Wahine’ and ‘Hōkioi/Wõhali’ and most recently working alongside Tuatara collective’s, ‘Over My Dead Body’.