The arts village is located near Taradale on State Highway 50,  adjacent to the

Napier Golf Course.

 Outside the village stand a number of unusual looking pou,
symbolising the eclectic mix of art and craft, traditional and  contemporary, Maori
and Pakeha culture, which is at its heart. Within this rustic setting  are
workshops, studios and accommodation for a diverse group of artists  and
artisans, who work alongside one another in the spirit of mutual  respect and cooperation.

The Art Village has been operating since 1989.

Hugh Tareha

Hugh Tareha






Hugh Tareha in the picture with his carving, is a master carver of traditional Maori carvings in native timber. He is a tangatawhenua of Waiohiki and descendent of Chief Tareha.


3rd place in the Wearable Art Awards. Designer learnt from Rhonda Lidgard in the picture standing next to the costume.









Third  Place in World Of  Wearable Art Awards            Designer taught by Rhonda Lidgard standing next to  the costume.Waiohiki Two Crafts Shop has a  fantastic range of classical and contemporary artwork,  including traditional Maori flax weaving and  greenstone carving. Our flax is prepared in the  traditional manner and all items have been boiled and  are able to travel overseas. They can be contacted on  845-2450


Harakeke classes are held here every Wednesday evening.   Click the following links to see our  back pacs and  bouquets

Tour the Arts Village to view the arts and crafts studios, and meet the artists who work and live on site.

Mandy Olson Potter

Mandy Olson Potter  Contact: 06 874 9170



Richard Anderson Pounamu/ Jade Carver

Richard Anderson Pounamu/ Jade Carver

Richard Anderson

Visitors are welcome to tour the Creative Arts Village and view the arts and crafts workshops in which many of the artworks were created, and meet some of the artists and craftspeople who work there.


Kaye Mc Garva

Kaye McGarva

Pottery Group

Thank you to our funders for assisting our projects and improvements







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southern trustThank you Endeavour for funding our projects.