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Email: ginamatchitt@hotmail.com

born 1966
Rotorua,  Aotearoa/New Zealand

tribal affiliations

Ngati Rangitihi, Te Arawa
Ngati Ngahere, Whakatohea


Graduated  Unitec School of Design, Auckland
Craft Design Diploma (Jewellery)


Graduated Masters of Maori Visual Arts, Massey University, New Zealand



September 2013

Attendant at the NZ pavilion, Venice Biennale

Bill Culbert, Front Door Out Back

December 2012 - present

Substitute Teacher

Ambrit International School Rome

June 2011- June 2012

Sales Assistant

CB2 Design, Georgetown, Washington DC

August 2010 – June 2012

Substitute photography teacher

Sidwell Friends School , Washington DC

December 2006 – February 2007

Lecturer –Maori Art history – summer paper, School of Art History, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand

February 2005 – September 2006

Studio Lecturer - Jewellery/Drawing/ Sculpture, Arts and Visual Culture,

Whakarei Paetahi Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi,(Maori University)

Whakatane, New Zealand


Lecturer - Body Adornment,

Unitec School of Design, Auckland, New Zealand


Lecturer- Body Adornment, Metal History and Maori Arts,

Unitec School of Design Auckland, New Zealand


Guest lecturer  Jewellery Moves an exhibition of contemporary jewellery,

Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland


Conference Co-ordinator of Korero A Te Whatu, Craft Conference, Unitec School of Design, Auckland, New Zealand

Selected Exhibitions

February 2012

Te Ahua Nei – City Gallery Wellington New Zealand
Exhibition of  6 large works of woven photographs and duct tape
With Susanna Leiatua

November 2011

8th Annual Transformer Silent  Auction  and Benefit Party at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, nominated DC and international artists selected work for an exhibition, auction and benefit


Finalist, Bold Horizon National Contemporary Art Award
Waikato Museum, Hamilton New Zealand


Sweet ‘n’ Sour, Mary Newton Gallery, Wellington NZ
Plastic Maori, The New Dowse, Wellington NZ


Te Taitanga, SouthWest School of Art, San Antonio, Texas USA


Kare You’re So Colonised, Mary Newton Gallery, Wellington NZ
Telecom Prospect, Wellington City Gallery, Wellington NZ
JOC (jewellery out of context) Coda Museum, Netherlands
Making and Meaning, Object Gallery, Sydney, Australia


Growing Up, 20 years of Unitec Jewellery Graduates, Objectspace, Auckland NZ


Where Everyone Gets a Bargain, Anna Miles Gallery, Auckland NZ


Geyserland Hotel, Anna Miles Gallery, Auckland NZ
Ka kino Auckland Art gallery, Auckland NZ


Purangiaho, Group Maori Art Exhibition
Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


1999 Seppelt Art Award, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

Public Collections

Auckland Art Gallery
Auckland Museum
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery
Te Papa Tongarewa, The National Museum of New Zealand, Wellington
The New Dowse, Wellington
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington, NZ
Parliamentary Collection, The Beehive, Wellington NZ

Selected Publications

Seen This Century, 100 New Zealand Artists – Warwick Brown/RandomHouse NZ
Lost in Translation, New Zealand Stories – (cover photograph) editor Marco 
Random House NZ

Media Coverage


Kete Aronui, Maori artist profile - Kiwa Productions for Maori Television, screened 8 August 2006
16 July 2006  Interview/segment featuring bags from Where Everyone Gets a Bargain
TVNZ  One News - interview by Tini Molyneaux

© Gina Matchitt