Te Ahua Nei Sweet n Sour E Kare You're so Colonised Where Everyone Gets a Bargain Geyserland Hotel Merchandise Woven Images Are Yous Okay?

Gina Matchitt  Artist Bio 

Gina Matchitt was born in 1966 in Rotorua, New Zealand and studied at Unitec School of Design in Auckland.  Drawing on her Maori tribal affiliations, Te Arawa and Te Whakatohea, her work is a fusion of Maori and Pakeha (European) concepts.  Matchitt explores the rich traditions of Te Ao Maori (the Maori World), by reworking customary Maori pattern and language with contemporary materials.  Using recycled computer keys, stickers, fabric, photography and duct tape, Matchitt's work contributes to Maori visual language in the 21stcentury.  Widely exhibited in New Zealand, Australia, The Netherlands, United States and Switzerland, Matchitt's work is featured in many major New Zealand collections such as Te Papa Tongarewa - The National Museum of New Zealand, Auckland Museum, Auckland Art Gallery and The Dowse.

Gina Matchitt  lived in Washington DC and Roma from 2007 until 2014. The artist graduated with a Masters in Maori Visual Arts from Massey University in 2011 and returned to Aotearoa/New Zealand with her whanau in 2014.

Selected Exhibitions



Lost Origins Gallery, Washington DC. USA


Are Yous Okay?

Toi Poneke Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand


Selfie Souvenir 

Halka Art Project, Istanbul, Turkey

American Tourister

Artisphere, Roslyn, Virginia USA


World Trade Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland

Te Ahua Nei
City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand

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

E 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


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
The New Dowse, Wellington
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington, NZ
Parliamentary Collection, The Beehive, Wellington NZ


Selected Publications

A History of Contemporary Jewellery in Australia and New Zealand -

by Damian Skinner and Kevin Murray/David Bateman NZ

Seen This Century, 100 New Zealand Artists – by Warwick Brown/RandomHouse NZ

Lost in Translation, New Zealand Stories – (cover photograph) editor Marco 
Random House NZ

© Gina Matchitt