make stunning portraits of the  whole whanau

We provide everything you need to create a Māori styled Portrait. We have kakahu (pari /bodices & tipare/headbands), moko stamps, raukura and taonga. Turn up with your black lipstick on and we will provide the rest.

If your whanau is a blend of cultures bring along the pieces that represent your whakapapa(geneaology) from other cultures. We will blend your look to create taonga that showcase the whole whanau.

“Nāu te whatu Māori”

Through the eye of the Māori
“whai oranga mō tō whānau’”

provide for your family
Pricing & Packages

Te Poto

up to 5 People


  • Moko stamps, Kākahu & Taonga for 1 to 5 People
  • 20min Studio Style Session
  • Viewing & Ordering on a tablet immediately after session
  • $50 credit towards Packages
  • Add up to 2 people $25 per person


Te Roa

6-10 People


  • Moko stamps, Kākahu & Taonga for 6 to 10 People
  • 40min Studio Style Session
  • Viewing & Ordering on a tablet immediately after session
  • $50 credit towards Packages
  • Add up to 2 people $25 per person

Whakaahua E Rua

Patea Studio Only


  • Patea Studio Only
  • Moko stamps, Kākahu & Taonga for up to 7 People
  • 20min Location Session
  • 20min Indoor Studio Style Session
  • Private Viewing & Ordering on a Large Screen immediately after session
  • 1-High Res Digital Portrait

Te Nui

Private Group Package


  • 60min Studio Style Session in your home
  • Everything is brought to your home/venue and set up for your whanau
  • Moko stamps, Kākahu & Taonga for up to 10 People
  • Immediate Viewing & Ordering after session
  • 1-High Res Digital Portrait
  • Travel fees may be additional depending on location and timing


Prints & Digitals


  • 10 Poses
  • Ten a4 Prints
  • 10 Digital Negatives


Prints & Digitals


  • 7 Poses
  • Seven a4 Prints
  • 7 Digital Negatives


Starting at


  • $650 MEDUIM 12″X18″
  • $850 LARGE 20″X30″
  • $950 Extra Large 30″x40″
  • $1000 COLLAGE PANO 20″X40″

Digital Only


  • 4 Digital  Portraits edited in Black & White, Sepia and Colour
  • Delivered via online gallery
  • Prints can be ordered via gallery
  • Additional Portraits $100 each
  • Download 2024 Pricelist
Frequently asked questions
When should we arrive?

If you wish to be costumed for your session please arrive 20mins prior. This will give you time to change into your chosen outfit, apply a moko stencil should you want one and ensure you are ready to go when your photography time starts.

Do you provide all the costumes in the photographs?
We have a range of items that can fit newborns up to adults. Our korowai are 1 size fits most and we have several for the kids.  We have enough to dress up to approx. 10 people in the one Portrait.

Some people have brought their own items along so if you’ve seen something in our photographs that you like please contact us and confirm that it does belong to us.

What is in a package?
A Print package includes 1 Printed Portrait and the matching digital negative which you can reprint, make into canvas or metal etc.
We have our own taonga, can we bring them?
Definitely Yes! We encourage whanau to wear what they have to make the portrait more personal to them. Wether it be a whanau manaia that gets worn by all the women in each individual portrait, a patu or taiaha for the men or korowai you have made yourselves. Bring them along and have them become a part of the whanau history told in your portraits
How many photos can we get?
A Portrait Day sitting is 20mins. Depending on how agreeable everyone is we can take about 10 different poses during that time. We will shoot to your requirements. If you want a family photo and one of just the kids then that’s what we will create.

We recommend looking at our other photos to get an idea of what you would like for your session.

What should we wear?

Wear solid dark colours and collared shirts for the menfolk. Dress pants or nice clean jeans will always look classic in a portrait. You don’t have to dress up for your family portrait.

A plain shirt will also look good with a Korowai should you choose not wear a costume. Strapless bras and clothes that are easy to change are a must if you want to get dressed up.

If you have clothing from a different nation that you want to wear for your photograph please do bring it.

We have tipare, kakahu and kapahaka costumes.

What about eyeliner, make up etc?
We provide moko stamps and black lipstick only.

We ask that you come to the session with your make up already applied how you want it if that is your preference.

If you have sensitive lips, cold sores or are prone to them please bring your own lipstick.

What will happen when we get there?

 When you arrive we will get you outfits, apply moko stamps should you want them and talk about what you want to do with your portraits.

When your session starts we will photograph the family as a unit and  individuals or any arrangements you request. If you tell us you just want a group photo then that’s all we will shoot.

Afterwards you will be shown your unedited photographs on a tablet. From these photographs you will choose your package print and order any products you want.

Do we have to pay for our package on the day?

You must view your photos and make your order on the day. We will only back up the photos you choose so please allow time for this.

Payment must be made at the time of ordering. We accept cash, visa/mastercard or paypal. You can start paying off your package with a  payment of $100 on the day.

We offer and Zippay as interest & fee free payment plans to those who qualify. Afterpay is available through our ANZ eftpos. Head to their websites to get pre-approval.

Your order will be delivered to your home address approx 4 weeks after your final payment.

How long will it take for our package to arrive?
We will deliver your digital Portraits within 4 weeks of final payment. Prints will arrive shortly after your gallery. Your order will either be posted to your home or delivered to your inbox.
What if we want a longer session?
You are welcome to Commission a private sitting at our studio in Patea. Contact us for more info on availability

We do offer private sessions at your home. These start at $500 and include 5 digital files.

“Te iwi Māori”

The Māori people
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Our Talented Team
Teowai Ratahi

Teowai Ratahi


Teowai Ratahi (nee Hiku), Nga Puhi & Waikato. Born in Auckland and raised in Pukekohe. Started Say Monkey Photography in 2009 and exstablished Poihakena Portraits in 2014. Now living in Patea Taranaki.

Gareth Ratahi

Gareth Ratahi


Gareth Ratahi of  Taranaki & Te-Ati-Awa. Born in Hawera, raised in Kaka Point on the South Island. Gareth can be found behind the camera at most of our Portrait days. 

Get in Touch

We are always more than happy to talk with you over the phone or email.
Feel free to contact us.


Derby st, Patea

Taranaki, New Zealand


Denzil Ave, St Clair

NSW, Australia 2759


Teowai: +64 220 294 492
Gareth: +‭64 22 527 0728‬

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