New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Rotorua

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The New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI) opened in 1963 in Rotorua, New Zealand as a successor school to the previous Rotorua wānanga whakairo (school of woodcarving) established in 1926. Māori arts. The original 1926 Māori Arts and Crafts school had been established in Rotorua by Sir Āpirana Ngata, and the new school continued the tradition in a location well-established for traditional Māori arts and crafts. The location of school at Whakarewarewa enabled easy access to the lucrative tourist market, which enabled the institute to operate with financial independence. The school is associated with the tours which have been guided through the Whakarewarewa Valley since the mid-19th century, now under the umbrella of Te Puia.
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  • Interesting Maori art and making of it in depth. Experience the Maori arts and crafts which is surrounded by beautiful traditional sculptures and crafted wooden buildings. 
    Interesting Maori art and making of it in depth. Experience the Maori arts and crafts which is surrounded by beautiful traditional sculptures and crafted wooden buildings.  more »
  • Seeing the craftsmanship at work, local culture and more. I loved this place and would go again now. 
    Seeing the craftsmanship at work, local culture and more. I loved this place and would go again now.  more »
  • Being a sculptur myself I was very interesting in the Maori art and the making of it. The institute shows you in depth the way the art is being made. Many is for sale. We talked to various artists... 
    Being a sculptur myself I was very interesting in the Maori art and the making of it. The institute shows you in depth the way the art is being made. Many is for sale. We talked to various artists...  more »

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