We're here to help others create an enduring legacy of ngā taonga tuku iho for their own whānau
Nau Mai Haere Mai
We're glad you’re here, and we're happy to share as much about ourselves as you’d like to know. But instead of telling you about how our whānau have been weaving and carving for generations, let’s talk about what you really want to know:
How we can help you reclaim Māori art traditions for yourself and your whānau.
We spent decades as a whānau, teaching ngā mahi toi in various settings: on marae-based training schemes, at Wānanga, at the Institute of Māori Arts and Crafts, at the Open Polytechnic of NZ and more . . . but we found that these government funded institutions and programmes restricted the way we believe ngā mahi toi should be taught.
We prefer a style of teaching and learning that is more aligned with traditional ways:
- when the student is ready
- in tune with the seasons
- encouraging self-discovery
- developing mastery
- focused on practice rather than theory
"Weaving is more than just a product of manual skills.
From the simple rourou, food basket, to the prestigious kahu kiwi -
weaving is endowed with the very essence of the spiritual values of Māori people."
- Erenora Puketapu-Hetet
Achieving tino rangatiratanga in ngā mahi a te whare pora
Our goal is to enable those who learn with us to become highly skilled, knowledgeable and capable weavers
With the confidence and know-how to create whatever taonga they dream of; to be able to sell their mahi to support their whānau if they want to, and more importantly, to pass these traditions on to their tamariki and mokopuna, when the time is right.
Why This Matters
At the end of the day, you don't really care about receiving a certificate or degree in Maori Art. The reason why you're seeking this knowledge is to be able actually create taonga that connects you and your whānau to your tupuna.
Knowing the tikanga and how to apply Māori values appropriately in your weaving life is important to you.
Being able to master the traditional techniques at a high level of excellence is something you strive for.
Being able to weave for the well being of yourself and your whānau is ultimately what motivates you.
You want to help you reclaim this mātauranga for your own whānau so that it becomes a living part of your whakapapa.