The residency was created by Toi Rauwhārangi in partnership with the office of the Governor General, to support the development of Māori and Pasifika visual arts and creative practices. There are up to three residencies per year.
Artists can live and work in a house in the grounds of Government House.
This residency aims to:
Matairangi is a prominent peak in Wellington with an expansive vista of the city and surrounding countryside. It has a rich heritage and history connected to the formation mythologies of Te Whanganui a Tara, Queen Victoria in the 1840s and, by 1910, Government House. Matairangi also refers to a hilltop lookout and vantage point.
The creative practice and artistic skills of the artist are pursued in the name of excellence. The vision of the artist is an expression of human dignity for us all to wonder and enjoy.