A Maori art market at Te Rauparaha arena at Porirua over the past three days attracted large numbers of people opening their purses despite the recession.
Organiser Garry Nicholas from Toi Maori says it's clear the exhibition has been a resounding success.
However, many of the larger works remain unsold. He told Waatea News this was possibly because people are tightening their belts, and waiting for "hot works" rather than just supporting Moari art.
But, the wet weather was a bonus with many people staying all day to see the works, listen to music and kapa haka and attend workshops.