Weav­ing world

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By MAR­GARET IRVINE

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.

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