Rāranga Wānanga with Maikara Ropata

A three day workshop
5pm Thursday – 10 am Sunday   

This is opportunity to learn about rāranga (weaving) immersed in a tikānga Māori context at Piritahi Marae. This workshop is in collaboration with Paa Te Aroha Weaving Group.



Course Details

This is a 3 day wānanga beginning with a pōwhiri at 5pm on Thursday 26 November and closing Sunday 29 November at 10am with karakia.

Nau Mai Haere Mai

Harakeke / Kōrari / Phormium tenax/ NZ flax:

Flax is a taonga which has being used for centuries in multiple ways.  It was essential in boat and sale building, providing everyday belongings, and works of art and a never ending sustainable resource.

Paa Te Aroha Weaving Group meets four times a year at Whirinaki Marae, Hokianga, Northland.  They will be participating in a Wānanga held at Piritahi Marae bringing their knowledge and skills to share.

This wānanga will:

Introduce beginner weavers to the art of weaving
Extend learning of those who already know how to weave
Extend your knowledge of kōrari (flax) and its uses, including how to look after a kōrari plant and to harvest the leaves
Provide an introduction to tikanga including learning karakia and understanding its significance

To have an abundance of quality rau – leaves, to weave, you will learn how to look after the kōrari. As part of the koha to the marae we will be cleaning around the bushes.

While gaining knowledge around the kōrari plant there will ample opportunities to extend knowledge on tikanga, Māori cultural practices and principles, and stories of the Whare Whakairo, Kia Piritahi.

All levels of ability are welcome. This is a Noho Marae experience so accommodation is provided.

Children are welcome but childcare is not provided.


Piritāhi Marae
Waiheke Island 1081

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Phone: 09 372 9868



Maikara Ropata and weavers from Paa te Aroha lead this workshop bringing a wealth of skills, expertise and aroha to this holistic learning experience.

SINGING OUT: Full heart: Maikara Ropata gets a spiritual charge from a carving called Matariki – Mother of the Stars. Placed on Piritahi Marae, it is by Waiheke artist Toi Te Rangiuaia, also known as Paora.

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