Ngaahina Hohaia comes from a strong background in traditional weaving and fibre work (whatu taniko and raranga) within her whanau (family).   Ngaahina's work has developed into contemporary sculpture using metals, woollen blankets and other sculptural forms. Her politically charged new mixed-media installation works explore a discourse of colonisation and cultural collision in Aotearoa New Zealand with a firm assertion of mana tangata whenua.

Ngaahina's work launched the City Gallery Wellington's new Roderick and Gillian Deane Gallery for Māori and Pacific Art in 2009. The exhibition included over five hundred, intricately constructed natural-fibre, poi, within a multi-media installation of sound and image. The work reflected on the pain and sorrow endured by the people of Parihaka during interactions with 19th century colonial forces. In particular, it honoured Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi's vision to build a relationship between Māori and Pakeha based on respect and peace.

Ngaahina received an Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Award in 2010.

Ngaahina has exhibited throughout New Zealand and overseas.  She lives in Auckland and is completing a Masters in Māori Visual Arts through Massey University. 

Video

2010
Ngaahina Hohaia (visual artist) features on the TVNZ 7 broadcast of The Artists, produced in partnership with the Arts Foundation.

Galleries

2010
Manawa wera - Defiant Chants: weaving meaning within contemporary practice. Exhibited 7th August 2010 - 11th September 2010 at Objectspace, Auckland.
Artists: Ngaahina Hohaia and Karl Rangikawhiti Leonard
2010
Paopao ki tua o Rangi (Multi media installation )

- Puke Ariki Museum, New Plymouth, February - June 2009

- City Gallery, Wellington, September 2009 - January 2010

- Suter Gallery, Nelson, 30 April - 13 June 2010
2009
Works by Parihaka artist Ngaahina Hohaia (Ngati Moeahu, Ngati Haupoto) launched City Gallery Wellington’s new Roderick and Gillian Deane Gallery, dedicated to Māori and Pacific art.
2009
Te Roimata Toroa installation launched the City Gallery Wellington’s new Roderick and Gillian Deane Gallery, dedicated to Maori and Pacific art.
1975
           Born Taranaki,  Aotearoa New Zealand
2000
Diploma in Design & Art, Te Wananga o Raukawa, Otaki;Kaiarahi/exhibition tour guide - Parihaka, The Art of Passive Resistance exhibition, City Gallery, Wellington
2002-2003
Travels with Parihaka, The Art of Passive Resistance exhibition to Dunedin Public Art Gallery as Kaitiaki and installaion assistant
2003
Winner, Taranaki Arts Review in weaving category
2004
Winner, Taranaki Arts Review in weaving category
2005
Winner, Taranaki Arts Review in weaving category and highly commended in carving category;Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts, Massey University;BMVA Graduation exhibition Te Matatau at Te Manawa Art Gallery, Parlmerston North
2007
           Participant and exhibitor - Piko, Indigenous Visual Artists Gathering, Hawaii;Recipient, Te Waka Toi Maori Arts Board of Creative NZ student scholarship for promising emerging Maori artist;Recipient, PKW Charles Bailey Memorial Scholarship;Solo exhibition Roimata Toroa installation, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
2009  
              Exhibits in group show Fresh out of the Box Puke Ariki Museum, New Plymouth;Travels to Sweden to exhibit fibre installation Patuki Manawa in group show Fibra Spirare;Solo exhibition Ngaahina Hohaia launched the City Gallery Wellington's new Roderick and Gillian Deane Gallery for Māori and Pacific with large poi installations Roimata Toroa and Paopao ki tua o Rangi.
2010 
               Paopao ki tua or Rangi solo multi-media exhibition, Suter Gallery, Nelson;Solo exhibition Everything is Honky Dory - Fresh Gallery, Otara;Manawa Wera - Defiant Chants exhibition, ObjectSpace, Auckland; Recipient, Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Award;