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
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.
Other Māori art forms:
Carving | Music | Performing Arts | Tā Moko | Tikanga | Visual Arts | Waka | Weaving | Māori Writing
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