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Weave Kete Like Our Tupuna

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With our Māori Basketry online course you'll  


  • Discover traditions that will draw you closer to te Ao Māori


  • Nurture your creativity 


  • Become a confident Raranga weaver who can weave a range of kete


  • Become part of a whakapapa of weaving that spans generations 


  • Feel reassured that you are learning from a reputable and trusted source 


  • Create unique gifts from your own hands, mind and heart
  • Share the excitement of Raranga with a vibrant online community

You'll learn the Tikanga, Reo & Whakaaro of Raranga

Understanding the values and cultural practices of Māori weaving will help you to connect with the mātauranga of our tupuna. Knowing these things will help you relax and enjoy weaving rather than feel uptight and anxious. It also feels good to know that you are doing everything in an appropriate way while at the same time protecting yourself and the environment.

Proper Preparation Skills

Rather than struggling to weave with poorly prepared harakeke, when you use properly prepared whenu (weaving strips) that are soft and pliable to weave with it makes for a more enjoyable experience and a better looking kete. 

Build A Strong Foundation 

Knowing how to gather, prepare and hapine harakeke for weaving, how to cast on, find your ara, make corners, weave up and tapiki are essential skills for Raranga weaving.

Understand Kete Construction 

Knowing the different ways to construct a kete will give you the ability to weave a range of different types of baskets - from simple carrying baskets to giant storage baskets to moenga pepi (baby sleep baskets). 


 Dara's journey through our online course

. . . First kono
then other simple baskets . . .
and fun projects (like a tissue box cover)
And on to Kete . . .

Kia ora to Dara for sharing her weaving journey and her mum, Soraya McConachy, who took these beautiful images

Trying to learn ad hoc from youtube videos or books can leave you confused and unsure

BUT when you follow a tried and tested method, based on generations of experience, from a whānau of Māori weavers with thousands of successful students . . .  you can be sure that what you're learning is the real-deal.

The structured, well thought out lessons that give you the confidence you need to progress, will save you frustration and second-guessing. 

The magic is in The Matrix™ - a special series of lessons taught in a very special way.

The Matrix™ was developed by renowned weaver Erenora Puketapu-Hetet along with her teaching-assistant, daughter Veranoa. Together they developed an elegant and effective way for student weavers to learn by combining traditional ways of teaching with contemporary best-practice for remote learners.


At the heart of The Matrix™ are the mātauranga and whakaaro of our tupuna.

If you follow Veranoa as she guides you through The Matrix™ you will experience surprising Aha! moments and expand your own creativity along the way.


Module 1 of The Matrix™ 

Build a strong foundation for raranga weaving
  • Find your Ara with ease
  • Make corners with ease
  • Know different finishes
  • Weave a range of simple baskets

Part #2
A Bundle of Fun!

Create Fun Gift Items while practising
the Raranga Technique


  • Weave a range of items that make great gifts
  • Learn different whiri techniques
  • Build your weaving confidence

Part #3
Module 2 of The Matrix™ 

Ngā Kete - Carrying Baskets

Develop Kete Skills & Know-how

  • Weave different types of Kete

  • Understand construction

  • Weave a variety of simple baskets

  • Weave a variety of carrying baskets

  • Know how to weave a moenga pepi

  • Weave different finishes for the top of your kete

  • Weave kete without wonky tops or wobbly bottoms

Private Members Area

In addition to our private Facebook group, you will have access to our exclusive members only area where you can share and connect with other members of the Māori Basketry course.

You too can be weaving kete like our tupuna 


Join the Māori Basketry course

How much does the Māori Basketry course cost?


The mistake most people make is trying to learn from someone who doesn't have enough expertise to be able to answer all your questions or know the common mistakes learners make and how to avoid them.

Knowing exactly what you need to do, the pitfalls to avoid and the tips and tricks that give a great finish only comes by learning from an experienced teacher.   

Learning with a Māori weaving teacher with decades of teaching experience will not only save you time, frustration and disappointment  BUT following The Matrix™ with Veranoa will also help you connect at a much deeper level.

You can deepen your cultural connection by weaving kete with Veranoa  for just $69 NZD a month (cancel anytime)

Most student weavers complete the programme in 6-9 months and are eligible to join The Kete Club

By the time you complete this course, you'll have woven at least $1000 worth of kete and have the skills to weave many more.



About Your Teacher

Veranoa Hetet is a nationally recognised Māori weaver, visual artist, and much-loved weaving teacher with more than 35 years experience teaching traditional Māori weaving in person and six years teaching online.

Veranoa is descended from a long line of renowned weavers in the Hetet family including: her mother Erenora Puketapu-Hetet, her great-grandmother Rangimarie Hetet, her great-great-grandmother Te Rongopamamao; and her great-aunt Diggeress Te Kanawa. 

If you ask Veranoa what her life is, she'll tell you: "I weave, I breathe!"

Veranoa looks forward to sharing her love of Māori weaving with you and helping you to weave beautiful kete you can be proud of.

Enrolment is now open

Māori Basketry Online Course

$69 NZD/mth

Monthly Subscription - Cancel Anytime

What you'll receive: 

  • Expert tuition with Māori weaver and renowned teacher, Veranoa Hetet
  • 24/7 access to your lessons via your online studio
  • Continued access to your lessons for as long as you remain subscribed

(Lessons are released at a comfortable part-time pace of learning over 5 months)

  • Foundation for Kete (Module 1 of The Matrix™)
  • A Bundle of Fun!
  • Ngā Kete (Module 2 of The Matrix™)
  • Private members only area