Flax weaving was the final task on English tourist Eileen Morse’s list of things to do in New Zealand and she ticked it off at Queen Elizabeth Park recently.
She was one of a group of about 40 people who gathered at the Te Rau o te Rangi weavers’ collective clubrooms in Tilley Rd, Paekakariki, to take a trip into the world of Maori weavers and harakeke.
Collective member Margaret Jackson said early morning rain threatened to force the cancellation of the event as harakeke is not harvested in the rain. However, they were able to carry out the full programme.
‘‘First we went to the pa harakeke and learnt how to harvest, then we came back and were taught how to prepare the flax and make three styles of puti puti or flax flowers,’’ Ms Jackson said.
‘‘Harakeke is a taonga so we began with a karakia and talked about the tikanga surrounding the plant – when you can and can’t harvest it and how you look after the plants.’’
Flax Weaving on the Coast was part of Greater Wellington Regional Council’s summer events programme.
Weaving together: The Craven family from Whitby, Thomas, his mother Alex and sister Hannah, at the Te Rau o te Rangi harakeke weaving venture in Queen Elizabeth Park on February 12.