Story: Māori weaving and tukutuku – te raranga me te whatu

Weaving whāriki, 2012

Weaving whāriki, 2012

Heeni Kerekere (left) and Pania Meredith are seen in 2012 weaving whāriki (floor mats) at Raglan's Poihākena marae. Kerekere proposed to teach whāriki making at all four marae in her region, where whāriki had gradually been replaced by carpet and factory-made seagrass matting. She intended to use only locally grown and processed flax, and to teach the art to anyone interested. For Poihākena, Kerekere planned to make a takapau wharenui mat for special occasions, with a poutama pattern representing 'advancing to another world'.

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Kahutoi Te Kanawa, 'Māori weaving and tukutuku – te raranga me te whatu - Whāriki, raranga and whiri', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Kahutoi Te Kanawa, published 22 Oct 2014