The word Matarau refers to a multi-pronged spear used for fishing and eeling by early Māori. As a hunter or wayfinder must understand the shifting conditions around them to fulfil their purpose; the work of the artists in Matarau draw from a strong sense of who and where they are as a compass for their own practice.

Matarau is curated by Shannon Te Ao for City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi. It includes new works by Robyn Kahukiwa, Emily Karaka, Hemi Macgregor, Ming Ranginui, Kei te pai press, and James Tapsell-Kururangi. 

Inspired by the exhibition, this curated collection features work by Māori artists, authors, historians and scholars. It also includes a thought-provoking range of books spanning indigenous art, contemporary art, the environment and politics.