About Us

Our location, Raetihi, is under Mt Ruapehu and the TÅ«roa ski- field. It is spectacular country and the source of much artistic inspiration.

Waimarino Art Awards have run annually for many years now, coordinated by a series of dedicated art-lovers in the twin towns of Raetihi and Ohakune, within the Waimarino area. The Raetihi Promotions Charitable Trust is the governing body.

The main aims of the Waimarino Art Awards are to celebrate our local artists, very few of whom are full time. Our artists and makers also welcome the work of artists from the rest of the country. It is a challenge, but heart-warming to see what people outside our area are up to.

As well as our artists, we are lucky to have sculptors, potters, glass artists, fabric artists, carvers, weavers, quilters, like the rest of New Zealand. Once a year, though, we put Raetihi at the centre of the universe, and show these off at the Waimarino Art Awards.

We are always grateful to our Local Sponsors, who invest in all our many social and sporting activities, not just the Art Awards