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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

 

 
 

Weave with Muka

You'll learn how to properly extract and prepare muka for weaving kākahu.

Whatu Kākahu

Correct technique will ensure your completed kākahu will last many generations 

Weave Beautifully

It's the attention to detail that makes the difference. Veranoa will show you how step-by-step.

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.

A STUDENTS' EXPERIENCE

 

Kiriana O'Connell shares her experience of the Weave Korowai Programme

Kiriana's Journey Begins  . . .

 

"I felt excited to start and amazed to complete my first kākahu - a hieke. "

Kiriana O'Connell 

 

 

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."

Kiriana O'Connell

 

 

. . . then maro 

 

"The harakeke was a bit spotty but kei te pai, life is spotty too! Loving my weaving journey."

Kiriana O'Connell

 

 

And on to Korowai . . .

Kiriana's first
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

 

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!

Interested to weave a korowai for your whānau?

 

Register Your Interest Here