Tā Moko

Application Form

Welcome to the NZMACI  and Te Puia Taa Moko Studio.

To be eligible for taa moko, prospective recipients must complete the release form below and review each of the corresponding pages.

  • I acknowledge by signing this agreement that I have been given the full opportunity to ask any and all questions pertaining to receiving Tā Moko/Kirituhi and that all of my questions have been answered to my full satisfaction. I specifically acknowledge I have been advised of the facts and matters set forth below and I agree as follows:

    • If I have any condition that might affect the healing of this Tā Moko, I will advise my Moko Artist.
    • I am not pregnant or nursing. I am not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
    • I do not have skin conditions such as but not limited to: acne, scarring (Keloid) eczema, psoriasis, freckles, moles, sunburn in the area to receive Taa moko that may interfere with said Tā Moko. If I have any type of infection or rash anywhere on my body, I will advise my Moko Artist.
    • I do not have a heart condition, epilepsy, hepatitis, hemophilia, HIV, AIDS or Syphilis.
    • I acknowledge it is not possible for the representatives and employees of this Tā Moko Studio to determine whether I might have an allergic reaction to the pigments or processes used in my Tā Moko, and I agree to accept the risk that a reaction may occur.
    • I acknowledge that infection as a result of receiving a Tā Moko is possible, particularly in the event that self-aftercare is insufficient. I have received aftercare instructions and I agree to follow them while my Tā Moko is healing.
    • I agree that any touch-up work needed, due to my own negligence, will be done at my own expense.
    • I understand that variations in colour and design may occur once the Tā Moko is applied and that any if my skin colour is dark the colours will not appear as bright or vibrant.
    • I understand that if I have any skin treatments, laser hair removal, plastic surgery or other skin altering procedures, it may result in adverse changes to my Tā Moko.
    • I acknowledge that a Tā Moko is a permanent change to my appearance
    • To my knowledge, I do not have a physical, mental or medical impairment or disability that might affect my decision to have a Tā Moko.
    • I acknowledge I am over the age of eighteen and that I have truthfully represented to my Moko Artist that receiving a Tā Moko is my choice alone.

    I consent to the application of the Tā Moko and will not pursue any legal processes against NZMACI or any other related partners and/or parties in connection to any and all damages claims, demands, rights and causes of action of whatever kind of nature, based upon injuries or property damage to, or death of myself or any other persons arising from my decision to have moko (tattoo) work done at this time, whether or not caused by any negligence of NZMACI or any other related partners and/or parties.

       Acknowledge these terms by ticking the box.


Tā moko (Māori Tattoo)

Tā moko – the art of Māori tattoo – is a unique expression of cultural heritage and identity. It reflects the individual's whakapapa (ancestry) and personal history. In earlier times it was an important signifier of social rank, knowledge, skill and eligibility to marry.

To help you decide if Tā moko is right for you, we suggest reviewing the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below before committing to receiving Tā moko during the Tuku Iho Living Legacy Programme:

Am I confirmed to receive Tā moko?

Yes, you are confirmed to receive Tā moko. 

When will I receive my tattoo and where?

You will receive your tattoo once the times and dates are set after payment for it

How big will my Tā moko be?

Taa moko sizings are dependant on a number of things

It is up to the individual as to how big they want it and how much time they wish to pay for

What type of tattoo design can I get and where can I get my tattoo?

We only do traditional maori taa moko work

As Tā moko will be carried out on public display, your Tā moko cannot be placed anywhere that violates public exposure standards.

Will it hurt when I get a tattoo?

There will be a small amount of pain and discomfort with a tattoo and this depends on your threshold for pain and the location of the tattoo – Tā moko will will be applied with a modern needle and ink.  Some describe the feeling of a getting a tattoo as a mildly irritating scratching sensation on the skin surface.  After the tattoo design is complete, most describe the pain of a tattoo as minimal and annoying more than painful for a very brief period whilst the work ‘settles’.

 How much will my taa moko cost?

There is no standard cost for Tā moko. Individuals receiving moko at the Taa Moko studio New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI) will need to sort that out once they book a time in.

What happens after I get my tattoo?

You will receive take-home care instructions to properly care for your tattoo. Following these instructions will help prevent any damage to your tattoo.

What will happen to my tattoo over time?

A tattoo design will start to look different over time.  Often tattoos change where the colours look lighter and lines aren’t as prominent as they were when you first got your tattoo.

Is it safe to get a tattoo when I am not feeling well?

You need to be feeling well when you get a tattoo so that your body can heal itself after the tattoo design process.

Is getting a tattoo safe?

The process of getting a tattoo is completely safe.  All tools, needles, and accessories are kept in sterilisation pouches and opened in front of each customer. After use needles are disposed of in a sharps bin, as is standard protocol in the medical industry.

Do you still have questions? 

Please contactarekatera@nzmaci.com



Taa Moko (Tattoo) Artists

Arekatera Maihi

Moko Artist and carver


Head of School – The New Zealand Wood Carving School

Ngāti Whātua-o-Ōrākei, Te Wai-o-Hua, Ngāpuhi

Arekatera (Katz) graduated from NZMACI’s carving school in 2006 and began doing moko in 2006.

Arekatera Maihi is compliant under the 1989 Skin piercing guidelines prepared by the Medical and Scientific Sub-Committee of The National AIDS Council and The New Zealand Ministry of Health; The New Zealand Government's principal advisor on health.


Jacob Tautari

Moko Artist and Carver


Specialist Carver - The New Zealand Wood Carving School

Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāi Te Rangi

Jacob began his artistic journey at Otago University, and then learnt the art form of Tā Moko in Tokoroa. Now a graduate of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, whakairo rākau is added to his skill set. Jacob has discovered similarities between working on skin and wood, both present their own challenges yet both have similar grain and curves

Jacob Tautari is compliant under the 1989 Skin piercing guidelines prepared by the Medical and Scientific Sub-Committee of The National AIDS Council and The New Zealand Ministry of Health; The New Zealand Government's principal advisor on health.