Mangawhai, Aotearoa NZ
Annette emigrated from the Netherlands 23 years ago with her husband and three children.
"It was in my second year in New Zealand, at a Pacifica Event, that my love for Raranga was ignited and resulted in a search for a night time class. It was however the Hetet School of Māori Art that gave me the opportunity (as a non Māori) to be professionally taught and fully immersed in the art of weaving. Learning to weave traditionally not only strengthened my families connection to the land but gave me the tools to look for my own contemporary style too; that I could stay true to who I am."