Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi is Auckland’s regional arts trust. We are a centre for creative knowledge and practice, we co-design and facilitate sector conversations and connections, and we advocate for the policies, practices and infrastructure our sector needs to make Tāmaki Makaurau a city alive with creativity.
Our name, Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi, was gifted to us by Sir Hugh Kawharu when we were founded in 2001. It references the many summits of Tāmaki Makaurau, the volcanic cones that define our isthmus, and the vantage points on which we stand to see our world. Metaphorically, Taumata references the aspirations of our artists, and the landscape of support which enables the creative activities of our communities.