I am a contemporary Māori Visual Artist. Residing in Aotearoa New Zealand, of Ngati Ranginui, Ngati Mahanga, Te Aupouri descent. I am an established artist based in Whaingaroa, Raglan.

In 2003 I was accepted into the renowned Contemporary Māori Visual Art School “Toihoukura” in the City of Gisborne, where I completed a Diploma in Arts and Design, and an advanced Diploma. Whilst studying at Toihoukura I received the Jack Richard Art Scholarship Award in 2005. I then went onto completing the bachelor of Arts Degree, graduating in 2007.

Having diversified into other art medium’s, I have expanded my ability to create contemporary design within a traditional context on conceptual multimedia art forms, being at ease whether working in Paint, Sculpture, or Tā Moko (Māori Tattoo).


Toi Hauāuru Studio is a contemporary visual arts & design business owned and operated by Simon Te Wheoro and Jamie Haenga. Simon is a contemporary visual artist who works with a variety of mediums to produce:

  • Paintings in mixed media,
  • Tā Moko (Māori tattoo), and
  • Sculpture in wood and stone.

Simon also produces a range of uniquely customised items such as T-shirts, stickers and accessories from earrings, pendants, woven Kete bags etc. All of which are available for purchase from Toi Hauāuru Studio.

Toi Hauāuru Studio provides a service for the public to enter into the studio space and have the opportunity to view a variety of contemporary artworks and purchase a specific medium with the option of customised design and commissioned works.


Simon specialises in commissioned works and welcomes your enquiry with regards to all commissions. Please feel free to contact Simon for your own customised special art piece or design. Bookings for Tā Moko are essential. For any enquiries or bookings contact us here.