Nāu te raurau, nāku te raurau, ka ora ai te iwi.
With my basket and your basket the people will thrive.
Linda Lee (Ngāti Kurī, Ngāi Tākoto, Te Rawara, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Hainemana, Ngāti Pākehā) with Frank Topia (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Haua) and kaiāwhina (helpers).
Nau mai haere mai, all are welcome to attend an introduction and beyond to raranga (weaving) with harakeke (flax).
Classes held at the Leonard Cockayne Centre aim to spread knowledge of traditional Māori weaving and healing practices utilising the native plants at Ōtari Wilton’s Bush. We enjoy bringing our surrounding community together on a regular basis hossting weekend and weeknight classes.
Starting with tikanga and making kono and konae (small containers), overtime, continued attendees develop their skills and craft new objects such as baskets and wahakura and finer kete.
For beginners, harakeke and other tools will be provided until you have been taught tikanga for harvesting your own. You will walk away with woven taonga at the end of class. Please ensure you add the Beginner (free) add on to your ticket so I know to harvest for you.
Rongoā (Māori healing) tea and other light refreshments will be provided.
Please BYO food, drink, blanket/towel and regulars bring available tools such as scissors, pegs, bobby pins, butter knife, sharp knife, tarpaulin, bucket for para (waste), haehae, hapene etc.
Children under 14 should be accompanied by an adult.
Some experience preferred for Wānanga.
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Numbers are restricted to please contact us if you are unable to attend so that someone else may fill your place. Tickets are refundable.
With thanks to Wellington City Council Creative Communities Scheme, Wellington Gardens and Ōtari Wilton's Bush.
Additional shout outs to Fix and Fogg and The Brothers Cold Press.