Weave Kākahu

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Our Kākahu course is specially designed to give you all the skills and knowledge you need to weave the range of traditional garments.

The entire course can be completed in 2-3 years.
Most people take 3-4 years. If you have a full life and you're weaving part-time, you should complete the programme comfortably in that timeframe.


There are no written assignments but students are required to provide photographic evidence of their completed work. This must be submitted before access to the next module or course is given.


Student support is provided via our online weaving community where our students post, chat, share their work and organise weaving get-to-togethers. Students have free access to our private online community for the duration of the programme.


You can work at your own pace and have access to our virtual classroom and online community 24/7 from wherever you are in the world - with internet access from a mobile, laptop, iPad or desktop device.

"It's knowing that the teaching delivered by Veranoa is intergenerational, developed with her mother and whānau, passed on to us, the lucky student. If you are considering signing up to the lessons, I would say, listen to that voice inside. That seed of interest that just needs knowledge to grow. If you want to learn about Maori weaving, in all its aspects, then look no more. Veranoa and the Hetet School of Māori Art will guide you."

Awhina Tamarapa
Student with Hetet School of Māori Art


The first step in your Kākahu Journey


Taaniko is the first skill you'll learn on your way to weaving Kākahu.

You may sign up separately to Taaniko and then join the Hieke course once you feel comfortable with Taaniko.


Whatu Kākahu


Kākahu - Hieke


Prerequisite: Taaniko

You will need a supply of high fibre flax

Kākahu - Piupiu


Prerequisite: Hieke

You will need a supply of high fibre flax

Kākahu - Maro


Prerequisite: Piupiu

You will need a supply of high fibre flax

Kākahu - Korowai


Prerequisite: Maro

You will need a supply of high fibre flax

Frequently Asked Questions


We teach you to weave Kākahu in a special way that means each lesson is like a building block that builds on the previous one. Therefore each lesson should be completed in order or you will not have the necessary skills to finish a korowai.


Yes, as long as you commit 3-4 hours a week to your weaving, you should have plenty of time to finish.


All students who sign up to the Hetet School of Māori Art learn with us because they seek to uphold the mana of Māori weaving and value integrity, honesty, reciprocity, mutual respect and trust. 

If you feel good about all the above, then you belong in our weaving whānau and you are very welcome to join us. 

There are people from all walks of life, cultural backgrounds and abilities learning with the Hetet School of Māori Art.

Need Help?

Email us  [email protected] 
or Phone 64 4 970 7810

Our Office Hours are Monday-Friday 10am to 4pm
We are closed Public Holidays

Ground Floor - Hetet Artspace - 2/58 Guthrie Street - Lower Hutt 5011 - Wellington - Aotearoa NZ


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