To leave a legacy for your mokopuna to remember you by?
To strengthen the taha Māori of your whānau?
To have for those important occasions?
Thinking that if you don't undertake this journey, no one in your whānau will?
We Can Help You Make Your Dream A Reality
A journey through our Weave Korowai Programme
With Kiriana O'Connell
Kiriana's Journey Begins . . .
"I felt excited to start and amazed to complete my first kākahu - a hieke. "
Next . . . Piupiu
"Here it is, completed piupiu. 34inch waist, modelled by my lovely daughter. So many lessons learnt on this journey, all worthwhile to hear that magical sound and see it worn by my tamāhine."
. . . then maro
"The harakeke was a bit spotty but kei te pai, life is spotty too! Loving my weaving journey."
And on to Korowai . . .
"This has been an incredible journey full of joy, surprises, support and blisters.
I have learnt so much every step of the way but I’d have to say I didn’t expect to feel so close to ōku tūpuna as I went through the process of korowai.
Using my hands (knees/legs/arms) to recreate the same methods and processes of those who have gone before me was profound - I really felt my place in the continuum of time and raranga/whatu/tāniko will continue to express itself (te ira raranga) long after I’m gone.
A profoundly beautiful experience."
Kiriana O'Connell 26 August 2020
Weave with Muka
You'll learn how to properly extract and prepare muka for weaving kākahu.
Correct technique will ensure your completed kākahu will last many generations
It's the attention to detail that makes the difference. Veranoa will show you how step-by-step.
The Weave Korowai Programme is for you if
You've never woven before, or
You've woven before but you've agreed with your kaiako that it's ok for you to learn with a new teacher
You like the idea of online lessons that fit in with all that you've got going on in your life
You want to learn in a way that is closely aligned with the traditional way of teaching and learning: just you and your teacher, going at your pace
You want to learn following a structured, time-honoured method
You want to learn thoroughly, without missing steps so that you can feel assured and confident about what you're weaving
You want to learn with a recognised teacher whose gentle approach will make you feel calm and confident
You want the skills and know-how to be able to weave, NOT JUST KOROWAI, but any type of kākahu you want to!
The Weave Korowai Programme
This online programme is focused on giving you the traditional values, skills, knowledge and understanding to weave a full-sized korowai from muka.
By the end of the programme you will not only be able to weave Korowai but also other kākahu.
With our renowned expertise and reputation for excellence in the practice and teaching of traditional Māori weaving, you can be confident in the outcome, if you follow the programme.
The programme takes most people 3 to 5 years to complete. If you have a full life and you're weaving part-time, this is a realistic and comfortable timeframe.
You will have at least 4 traditional garments made with your own hands, heart and mind by the end of the programme AND you'll have the know-how and confidence to weave more.
You'll work at your own pace and have access to our virtual classroom and online community 24/7 from wherever you are - with internet access from a mobile, laptop, iPad or desktop device.
There are no written assignments but students are required to provide photographic evidence of their completed work. This must be submitted to gain access to the next module of learning.
Student support is available inside the course area with an online question and answer box so you can communicate directly with Veranoa.
Online Weaving Community via our private group 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.