Te Mana Whakamahi Mō Ngā Toi Māori
Cultural & Intellectual Property Rights

Toi tu te kupu, toi tu te mana, toi tu te whenua
Hold fast to our culture, for without language, mana, and land, the essence of being Māori would no longer exist

The Toi Iho  Intellectual Property Rōpū  is focused on addressing and advancing the intellectual property rights of Toi Iho creative practitioners and their cultural expressions. It is committed to engaging in continuous dialogue and developing long-term strategies that protect and promote Māori arts and culture in traditional, contemporary and global contexts.

The Toi Iho Intellectual Property Rōpū was established to provide guidance for creative practitioners related to the protection of mātauranga Māori, traditional knowledge, tangible and intangible expressions of Māori arts and culture.

The first objective of the rōpū is to develop resources for registered Toi Iho creative practitioners to help navigate intellectual property and cultural property issues.

If you have any comments or feedback around cultural and intellectual property rights, complete the contact form, or email us at admin@toiiho.org.nz and we will be in touch.

Members of the Toi Iho IP Rōpū

Elizabeth Ellis

Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi

Elizabeth Ellis is an advocate of Māori arts and culture. She has served as Chair of the Toi Iho Charitable Trust since 2010, and is Chair of the Wairau Māori Art Gallery Charitable Trust.

Lynell Tuffery Huria

Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāruahinerangi, Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi

Lynell Tuffery Huria is recognised as the first Māori Patent Attorney and is acknowledged as a leading expert on indigenous intellectual property rights, Māori intellectual property, and trade mark protection.

Aroha Mead

Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou

Aroha Mead is an independent researcher specialising in Mātauranga Māori/Indigenous Knowledge, Biocultural Diversity and Indigenous Cultural & Intellectual Property Rights. She has published extensively on these issues.

Dr Karaitiana Taiuru

Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Kahungunu

Dr Karaitiana Taiuru is an advocate and proponent for online and digital Māori rights, cultural appropriation, Māori representation and Intellectual Property Rights, raising tikanga Māori and mātauranga Māori awareness in digital and other new technologies.

Championing the finest of Māori creativity, past, present and future. Championing the finest of Māori creativity, past, present and future. Championing the finest of Māori creativity, past, present and future. Championing the finest of Māori creativity, past, present and future.