Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa Kete Collection
Inaugural Moananui-a-Kiwa weavers hui (now Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa), Pakirikiri marae, Tokomaru Bay, 1983.
Since 1983, Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa have accumulated a large and varying collection of kete. Each of the thirty kete which comprise this collection have been presented to Te Roopu Raranga Whatu at various weaving events across Aotearoa and the Pacific to preserve the mātauranga of Māori weaving.
Held at Toi Māori Aotearoa in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, this collection records the history of Te Roopu Raranga Whatu, documents their activities and relationships with indigenous communities around the world, and commemorates many of the oustanding artists who have contributed to maintaining the excellence of the art form.
The kōrero contained in each kete is significant and wide-ranging, and the subject of a series of articles produced by Tracey Morgan for Te Roopu Raranga Whatu’s newsletter*. This set of online profiles elaborates on Tracey’s original work and seeks to share this kaupapa more widely.
*December 2013, #56, pp. 12-14, March 2014, #57, p. 15, September 2014, #58, p. 19, December 2014, #59, p. 19, June 2015, #60, p. 19, October 2015, #61, p. 19, May 2016, #63, p. 15, October 2016, #64, p. 15.