Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa
Māori weaving is a popular art form that brings people and other art forms together.
Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa was established in 1983 as the national collective of Māori weavers. The collective aspires to be the organisation of first choice for all matters relating to the techniques and tikanga of raranga.
Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa nurtures, develops and preserves the techniques and tikanga of raranga, whatu and taniko in traditional and model contexts.
Members are spread through the country and are part of an international network of weavers who convey a strong and articular voice for indigenous weaving.
Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa is represented by an elected board of six members. They work to promote weavers and weaving at national and international level through exhibitions, publications, workshops and art exchanges.
The biennial Weavers National Hui is a significant event that attracts weavers from Aotearoa and abroad. Through the kaupapa of weaving, the hui represents a unified international fellowship.
Paula Rigby (Chairperson)
Te Hemo Ata Henare (Deputy Chair)
Julz Nonoa, Ruth Port, Hinekura Smith, Edna Pahewa
Past Weavers National Hui
List of Aotearoa Moananui A Kiwa Weavers: Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa National Hui:
1983 Pakirikiri Marae, Tokomaru Bay
1985 Kokohinau Marae, Te Teko
1987 Tunuhopu, Rotorua
1989 Nga mahi a Kui Ma, Greymouth
1991 Omaka Marae, Blenheim
1993 Parihaka Marae, Parikaha
1993 Pacific Rim Symposium, Te Ngira Marae, Papakura
1995 Te Reo Nihi marae, Te Haapua
1997 Takahanga Marae, Kaikohe
1999 Pakirikiri Marae, Tokomaru Bay
2001 Kokohinau Marae, Te Teko
2003 Awhitu Marae, Palmerston North
2005 Owae Marae, Waitara
2007 Maraenui Marae, Maraenui
2009 Takitimu Marae, Wairoa
2010 Iwi Symposium, Rotorua
2011 Maketu Marae, Kawhia
2013 Rautahi Marae, Kawerau
2015 Roma Marae, Ahipara
2017 Te Waititi Marae, Rotoiti, Rotorua
2019 Ngā Hau e Wha Marae, Wainoni, Christchurch