Māori weaving is a popular art form that brings people and other art forms together.
Contemporay weavers aim to nurture, develop and preserve the techniques and tikanga of Raranga, whatu and taniko in traditional and modern contexts for Maori weavers.
Established in 1983 as 'Aotearoa Moananui a Kiwa Weavers' by the Māori and South Pacific Arts Council (MASPAC), the organisation received tremendous interest as it sought to revive the traditional arts of weaving. The partnership of Pacific weavers and Maori saw a dynamic exploration of materials of Aotearoa and also the experimentation of materials more common in the Pacific homelands.
Due to internal funding changes, the Māori and Pacific weavers group split in 1994. Te Roopu Raranga O Whatu was adopted as the new organisational name.
A major feature of the organisations programmes has been the indigenous weavers network throughout the Pacific Rim. The National Weavers Symposium at Papakura Marae, Auckland in 1993 was a significant reference point for the weavers and involved a large number of international guests. These relationships were strengthened again with the Indigenous Weavers International Symposium in Rotorua 2010.
The weavers National Hui is now held biennially. At this time members elect new members and share progress and developments within Māori weaving techniques.
A key element in the resurgence and strength of weaving has been the development of a new generation of teachers of weaving in the tertiary institutions of the country. Many of the courses now include the National Weavers Hui as part of the course requirements.
Te Hemoata Henare (Chairperson)
Hinekura Lisa Smith
Māori performing arts is showcased in many different forms – from kapa haka to contemporary dance. Practitioners continue to tell our stories, as well as push the boundaries to both national and international audiences.
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Carving | Music | Performing Arts | Tā Moko | Tikanga | Visual Arts | Waka | Weaving | Māori Writing
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