Ngā Aho Whenua Weavers Residency – Blog #1

It’s been a busy few months since the residency started, we’ve been out to harvest kiekie up at Ōtaki Gorge, beautiful Summer weather at the river.

Our steering group Awhirito met at Māoriland to discuss and make plans for this year’s annual Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa Conference which will be hosted over Labour Weekend at Ngā Purapura.

There is always something happening, participating in a series of short films promoting the importance of wahakura, safe sleeping and whānau ora for Mokopuna Ora which went on to screen at MFF2021. 

Sonia Snowden, weaving a fine kete whakairo using kiekie.
Sonia Snowden, weaving a fine kete whakairo using kiekie.
Sonia Snowden & Pip Devonshire, inspecting a pair of Tui gifted by Tungia Kaihau of Ōtaki.
Sonia Snowden & Pip Devonshire, inspecting a pair of Tui gifted by Tungia Kaihau of Ōtaki.

Our kete were finished just in time for the annual Toi Matarau Exhibition during the film festival.  The exhibition is still open until May 20.

The Ōtaki community has visited the wharepora on many occasions, warming our creative spaces with aroha and manaaki.  We’ve also received beautiful koha of manu tui, huruhuru peacock and fine muka cuttings for planting.

Curators from Te Puna o Waiwhetū (Christchurch City Art Gallery) came to collect Sonia’s fine kete whakairo in person for an upcoming exhibition.

Kohai Grace and weavers came to spend the day with us weaving lanyards for the conference, it’s been a lot of fun so far!

Kohai Grace (Ngāti Toarangatira, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Raukawa) came from Porirua to visit Sonia, Pip and the wharepora with friends. Weaving and catching up followed by lunch in the Māoriland maara kai.
Kohai Grace (Ngāti Toarangatira, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Raukawa) came from Porirua to visit Sonia, Pip and the wharepora with friends. Weaving and catching up followed by lunch in the Māoriland maara kai.