Customs of the Weavers National Hui
As hosts of the 2003 Hui, Rangitāne and Manawatū weavers proposed the creation of a waka huia to carry the mauri of the Weavers National Hui. The Committee accepted this offer as a fitting emblem for the values and intent of this ongoing event.
Rangimārie was carved by Charlie Larkin and presented at Awhitu Marae, Rangiōtu near Palmerston North, co-ordinated by Lovey Hodgkinson.
Rangimārie was happily accepted by Taranaki weavers as hosts of the 2005 Weavers National Hui at Owae marae in Waitara.
In 2005 Taranaki weavers added a kumete to hold Rangimārie along with a koha to assist the next hosts of the hui, a practice that continues in the present.