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Papatūnga: Platform (for artists), which also references papatūānuku, papa kainga, kaupapa and simply, papa (place, space).

Papatūnga is Te Tuhi’s development programme for arts practitioners delivered from O Wairoa Marae, an urban marae in Howick, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. The Papatūnga programme is formed around a series of wānanga for artists and their wider communities, providing opportunities to share knowledge, develop projects and connect with other people and spaces.


Auckland Council
Ministry of Culture and Heritage


Carla Ruka
James McCarthy
Karl Chitham
Shannon Te Ao
Sonya Korohina
Toni McKinnon

Papatūnga provides space, both literal and mental, for artists to develop their practice through wānanga.

Running to November 2024, Papatūnga supports individual and collective development through a programme of short intensive and longer-term learning experiences that will develop and be shaped by the project team and participants over time.


The programme is formed around a series of activities designed to meet the needs of participating artists and their wider communities. It includes tailored opportunities designed for artists to develop projects, share knowledge and connect with other people and spaces. There will also be opportunities to work with arts organisations, cultural and education institutions including kura, marae, galleries and museums.

Papatūnga team

Papatūnga Programme Manager

Edith Amituanai is a New Zealand-born Sāmoan photographer. In 2019 she became a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Arts and Community. She is currently working as an artist and teaching in schools alongside her role at Papatūnga.

Curator and Facilitator of Papatūnga

James Tapsell-Kururangi (Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Mākino, Tainui, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-a-Rākairoa) is a curator, artist and writer. His curatorial practice centres on local Māori histories and focuses on building relationships within the community of artists he works with.

Get involved

Papatūnga is an open to all. A whole raft of learning opportunities will be on offer throughout the programme. You can sign up to our email list to receive notice of activities and events.

Te Tuhi is open as usual during the Eastern Busway construction. 21 William Roberts Road, Pakuranga, is the best address to enter into navigation apps to guide you to the free parking at our door. Please call us on (09) 577 0138 if you have any questions.