Rāranga Wānanga

Rāranga Wānanga with Maikara Ropata


A three day workshop
Thursday 11 April – Sunday 14 April 2018 

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


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Course Details

A 3 day Wānanga  with a Pōwhiri at 5pm on Thursday 11 April and closing Sunday 14 April 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.

Introducing beginner weavers to the art of weaving.
Extending learning of those who already know how to weave
Learning a karakia and understanding its significance
How to look after a kōrari plant and to harvest the leaves.
Extending your knowledge of kōrari, and its use.
Introduction to tikanga

There is huge importance in looking after a kōrari plant therefore there will be an emphasis in that area. To have an abundance of quality rau-leaves to weave, you MUST learn how to look after the kōrari- flax bush. 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



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