Story: Te raranga me te whatu

Erenora Puketapu-Hetet

Erenora Puketapu-Hetet (Te Āti Awa) grew up in Waiwhetū in the Hutt Valley. Her husband, master carver Rangi Hetet, was the grandson of renowned traditional weaver Rangimārie Hetet. Puketapu-Hetet learned cloak-weaving from Rangimārie, and passed on her knowledge to her children and many others through books and weaving workshops. She became famous for innovations on traditional techniques and designs, incorporating materials such as fuse wire and pāua shell. Since 1996 important visitors to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa have worn a kahu kiwi (kiwi feather cloak) made by Puketapu-Hetet. In 2002 she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to weaving. She died in 2006.

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Kahutoi Te Kanawa, 'Te raranga me te whatu - Kākahu – woven cloaks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 May 2022)

Story by Kahutoi Te Kanawa, published 22 Oct 2014