Te Ahua Nei 2012 Sweet n Sour E Kare You're so Colonised 2007 Where Everyone Gets a Bargain 2005 Geyserland Hotel 2004 Merchandise 1999 Woven Images Recent Work 2017- 2019

Gina Matchitt  Artist Bio 

Gina Matchitt grew up in Rotorua, New Zealand and studied jewellery at Unitec School of Design and Mori Visual Arts at Toioho ki Apiti, Mori Visual Arts at Massey University.  Drawing on her iwi affiliations, Te Arawa and Te Whakathea, her work is a fusion of Mori and Pkeh practice, knowledge and concepts.  Matchitt explores mtauranga Mori by reinterpreting Mori pattern and language with contemporary materials.  Using recycled computer keys, stickers, fabric, photography and duct tape, Matchitt's work contributes to the Toi Mori visual language in the 21stcentury.  In 2019 her work He Tohutono (The Commanding Sign) was the runner up at the National Contemporary Art Awards at Waikato Museum.  Matchitt's work is featured in many New Zealand collections including Te Papa Tongarewa - The National Museum of New Zealand, Auckland Museum, Auckland Art Gallery and The Dowse. The artist has also exhibited internationally in Australia, The Netherlands, United States, Switzerland and Turkey.


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

Selected Exhibitions


Finalist, Wallace Art Awards - Pah Homestead, Auckland

Runner-Up, National Contemporary Art Award - Waikato Museum, Hamilton



Papaki Pattern Crush with painter Janet Muir - Studio One Toi Tu, Auckland


International women's art exhibtion, co curated with photographer, Lely Constantinople

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

Untitled - World Trade Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland

Te Ahua Nei - City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand

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



2019 Runner -Up National Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum - Judge Dr Fiona Pardington

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

The University of Waikato, Hamilton



The World Trade Organisation - Geneva, Switzerland

Benetton Collection - Treviso, Italy


Private Collections - New Zealand, Australia, United States, Switzerland


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