Weaving a connection
More Southlanders want to connect and learn about Maori culture according to Winnie Solomon.
The Te Wa¯nanga o Aotearoa tutor (kaiako) said in particular, people were interested in learning the language and crafts like weaving.
Solomon had been running a beginners weaving course at the Southern Institute of Technology campus for seven years.
In that time she had seen hundreds of Southlanders learn the craft.
Learning traditional methods of weaving was important, not just because it kept the Maori heritage alive.
It was also a form of relaxation, she said.
‘‘When you finish weaving something you feel a sense of achievement.
‘‘Weaving is the cherry on top of the icing for Maori culture.
‘‘It is a great way to connect to the culture.’’
Student (tauira) Catherine Newton said she had always been drawn to the Maori culture but never made the effort to get involved.
Now a grandmother to four youngsters with Maori heritage, she thought it was a perfect time to learn.
‘‘I wanted to be able to share this with my grandchildren.’’
New Zealand had a rich and vibrant culture and it was important to relish it, Newton said.
Newton and her fellow students’ weaving work will be on show at the Kawai Raupapa (raranga) exhibition at Southern Institute of Technology in the Maori Studies building off Forth St on November 27 from 10am to 3pm.
Enrolments for next year’s course will be available on the day.
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Student Catherine Newton shows off her weaving skills.