The Aramoana muka kakahu was made by Whero-o-te-Rangi Baily, Roka Cameron, Bana Atareta Paul, Moana Ngarimu, Mavis Hirini, Betty Brown, Reihana Parata and Rānui Ngarimu, over a period of four months in 2005.
Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa Chairperson Rānui Ngarimu with master weaver and Toi Māori Aotearoa Trustee Te Aue Davis, 2005. Photographer: Norm Heke.
Left to right: Aramoana (side), (detail), (full front). Photographer: Norm Heke, 2005.
Aramoana (path across the sea) was gifted by Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu on behalf of Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa to Aaron Peskin, President of the Board of Supervisors San Francisco City and County in August 2005.
The gifting of Aramoana marked the strong and vibrant relationship between Māori people and the citizens of San Francisco realised by Māori Art Meets America, a major cultural exchange that promoted Māori and New Zealand to San Francisco anchored by the presentation of the Māori weaving exhibition, The Eternal Thread – Te Aho Mutunga Kore at the Yerba Beuna Centre.
Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, wore Aramoana on 4 August 2005 which he proclaimed to be ‘Toi Māori – Eternal Thread Day’ and presented Toi Māori Aotearoa with a Certificate of Proclamation, which pays credit to the work being done to retain Māori culture and heritage, and for the contribution of Māori Art Meets America to the city of San Francisco.
Left to right: Rānui Ngarimu, then San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Waana Davis, Dame Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu, Darcy Nicholas, 4 August 2005.