Tal­ented kids weave for pocket money

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

They may not live in a flash part of town and money may be scarce but Ponui and Pu­tikaa Mars­den-wil­son are two Toko­roa kids go­ing places.

For the past year the brother and sis­ter, who are 12 and 10 re­spec­tively, have been earn­ing their pocket money by weav­ing flax flow­ers and sell­ing them for $2 each out­side shops through­out the South Waikato, Mata­mata, Ro­torua, and Taupo ar­eas.

Thanks to their mother, who learnt how to weave at Te Puia in Ro­torua, they have learnt how to weave flax roses, tulips, lilies, and koru, how to dye them var­i­ous colours, and that they must fol­low Maori cus­toms and say karakia be­fore har­vest­ing the flax they use.

‘‘When we are do­ing our sell­ing we put our all into it be­cause when­ever we try and do some­thing we set goals and aim to achieve them,’’ Ponui said.

Those goals in­clude sav­ing up for school trips, spe­cial oc­ca­sions like buy­ing cos­tumes for Hal­loween, pic­ture day, and other bits and pieces.

‘‘My goal right now is to get $25 to go on my school trip to Hamil­ton Zoo,’’ Ponui said with ex­cite­ment beam­ing from his eyes.

‘‘That’s mine too,’’ Pu­tikaa added ‘‘For my trip to Rain­bow’s End.’’

Ponui, who goes to Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate, said of­ten kids his age com­plain about not hav­ing enough money to buy the things they want and so they turn to crime. He knows how­ever that’s not the right at­ti­tude to have.

‘‘The way I see it is why stay at home want­ing stuff and then go to the shops and steal it when you can go out and make some of these and sell them,’’ he said.

‘‘Just get out of the house and try and do some­thing that you can do and try do it so you can get a lit­tle bit of pocket money. Do the lawns, chores, or make some lemon­ade. My cousins did that not so long ago and made quite a bit of money for 50 cents a glass.’’

Pu­tikaa, who goes to Toko­roa Cen­tral School, said peo­ple have been very en­cour­ag­ing of their ef­forts and they have lost count of how many flax flow­ers they have sold.

They thanked their mother for help­ing them learn and their cus­tomers for their sup­port.

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