Māori & Polynesian Textile Plants

Stories from Manaaki Whenua's Pā Harakeke and news for weavers in Aotearoa and abroad.

This page offers a platform for people living in Polynesia to share their knowledge of textile plants. It is a place where weavers, artists, teachers, scientists, film makers and all enthusiasts of Polynesian textiles can meet and connect.

Operating as usual

Arts Minister congratulates Mataaho Collective on golden win - Inside Government NZ 22/04/2024

With the wonderful Golden Lion award for the Mataaho Collective at the Venice Biennale, my thoughts go back to October 2021, when the four women Bridget, Erena with baby Unaiki, Terri, and Sarah visited us at Te Kohinga Harakeke o Aotearoa, here at Manaaki Whenua in Lincoln. They were in the process of planning a large installation of harakeke stropes at the Christchurch Art Gallery.

It just shows how far indigenous creative thinking and toi Māori can take you!

Arts Minister congratulates Mataaho Collective on golden win - Inside Government NZ Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Paul Goldsmith has congratulated Mataaho Collective for winning the Golden Lion for best participant in the main exhibition at the Venice Biennale. “Congratulations to the Mataaho Collective for winning one of the world’s most prestigious art prizes at th...

Photos from Māori & Polynesian Textile Plants's post 11/03/2024

Te Kohinga Harakeke o Aotearoa has a viviparous Wharariki / Phormium cookianum bush. You might ask, what in the world does that mean?
Wikipedia says: In plants, vivipary occurs when seeds or embryos begin to develop before they detach from the parent.
With other words, when this bush grows flowers which normally turn into seed pods, it will grow a new plant from within the seedpod before the seeds ripen and drop to the ground.

25/01/2024

How to stake trees.

25/01/2024

Planting our Aute / Paper Mulberry trees.

11/12/2023
Photos from Māori & Polynesian Textile Plants's post 20/07/2023

Rejuvenation can happen in the middle of a wet Canterbury winter!
Here at Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research we have started with replanting our Māori Weaving Collection, simply called pā harakeke.
Our existing pā harakeke was planted in 2007. By now most of our bushes have died at the centre and the remaining circle of fans have leaves that are shorter and narrower than a few years back. We are unsure why this happens; one reason could be the harsh Canterbury climate and possibly the heavy clay soils. Our summers are hot and dry and the winters cold and frosty (although this winter is unusually wet and mild).
Whatever the reason, a re-plant is necessary, and it started during a rare sunny winter's day on July 19th, 2023.
Manaaki Whenua's pā harakeke project partners with Conservation Volunteers New Zealand in running a programme for them 2-3 times per year. The students of the Conservation Work Skill programme will work in our pā harakeke for half a day, and we (Aroha Jones, Katarina Tawiri and Maui Duley) will run a short weaving workshop for them. The group will learn the basic skills of raranga/weaving and some tikanga around it. A big thank you to Jordan Milne and her team!

A history of harakeke flax on Norfolk Island | Te Papa’s Blog 13/06/2023

Lara Shepherd is one of the scientists Manaaki Whenua has been working with regarding DNA work on the Rene Orchiston Māori Weaving Collection (harakeke).

A history of harakeke flax on Norfolk Island | Te Papa’s Blog I recently spent a week on Norfolk Island collecting ferns. One non-fern plant I was particularly keen to see was harakeke (Phormium tenax), on which I’ve done recent genetic work. On Norfolk Islan…

Photos from Te Roopu Raranga Whatu O Aotearoa National Weavers Collective's post 11/06/2023

If any of you weavers want to get a close-up view (private viewing) of the sail before it is mounted at Te Puna o Waiwhetū-Christchurch Art Gallery, here are the details:
For questions contact [email protected]
Date: 26 – 28th June
Time: 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm, 4-7pm

The Exhibition — The Woven Women 10/05/2023

The wāhine exhibition by The Woven Women can be visited online.

The Exhibition — The Woven Women Online ExhibitionThis page allows you to experience the exhibition from the comfort of your home. Select the portrait you want to listen to, and immerse yourself in the personal story.Each portrait includes the photograph, the audio portrait, and a transcript in English and Te Reo Māori. Hinewai Cl...

28/03/2023

So proud of all Māori summer interns. Some of them volunteered their time to help with mahi in the pā harakeke.

13/03/2023

🌾🌾🌾Te Kohinga Harakeke o Aotearoa team at Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research asks North Island weavers, whānau, hapū, and iwi, who lost their pā harakeke do to flooding in January, to contact us at [email protected]. 🌾🌾🌾

08/03/2023

For several years now, Te Kohinga Harakeke o Aotearoa has been blessed by the support of the Conservation Work Skill Group programme run by the Conservation Volunteers New Zealand. We established an exchange programme. The group works with us for half a day in the pā harakeke and then after lunch we offer a wee putiputi wānanga which sometimes branches out into other areas, as you will see in the short video clip 😄

01/03/2023

PIUPIU WĀNANGA at Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research
Villa Maria College tauira instructed by kaiako Wiremu Pickering

Collecting plants in Aotearoa: Maui Duley and Ines Schonberger 24/02/2023

If you live near Rolleston, Canterbury, join Maui and Ines for a fascinating talk at the Rolleston library Te Ara Ātea:

Collecting plants in Aotearoa: Maui Duley and Ines Schonberger Thu 2 Mar, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm [NZDT]: Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander collected 340 species of plants from around Aotearoa on Captain Cook's first voyage in 1769. Duplicates from this collection are now housed at Manaaki Whenua Landcare

09/02/2023

Aute

03/02/2023

Te Roopu Raranga Whatu O Aotearoa
National Hui 2023.

Where: Te Pūkenga, North Tec. Raumanga Campus, Whangarei
51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangarei
When: 20-23 October 2023, Labour Weekend

FAQ:
I registered for Otaki 2021 and left my fee with the Toi Māori Office – am I still registered for the Whangarei 2023?
Yes, you are! All whanau who were fully paid to attend the 2021 TRRWOA Hui in Ōtaki 2021 and want to attend Whangarei 2023 are still registered! The Toi Māori Office will send out more information as registrations open for Whangarei 2023.

I registered for 2021 in Ōtaki and left my fee with the Toi Māori Office, however, I can not attend the Whangarei 2023 hui – can I get a refund?
Yes, you can! Details if you would like a refund can be found on the Toi Māori website. (Link in comments)

Who is able to attend The National Weavers Hui, Whangarei 2023?
Priority registration for members of Te Roopu Raranga Whatu O Aotearoa will open a month before general registrations.
Priority Registration is expected to open in August/September 2023
General Registration is expected to open in September/October 2023
These dates HAVE NOT been set yet, please keep an eye on our page and the Toi Māori Website for updated information.
Please keep in mind that those whanau who registered and paid for Ōtaki 2021 are already registered and paid for Whangarei 2023 – this will impact available spaces to attend Whangarei 2023.

I am not a member of Te Roopu Raranga Whatu O Aotearoa, but I would like to access Priority Registration.
Easy! The membership form is on the Toi Māori website (Link in comments)
When will registrations open for The National Weavers Hui, Whangarei 2023?
Priority registration for members of Te Roopu Raranga Whatu O Aotearoa will open a month before general registrations.
Priority Registration is expected to open in August/September 2023
General Registration is expected to open in September/October 2023
These dates HAVE NOT been set yet, please keep an eye on our page and the Toi Māori Website for updated information.

How much will it cost to attend The National Weavers Hui, Whangarei 2023?
Cost to attend the TRRWOA National Weavers Hui, Whangarei 2023 are:
Members: $200
Non-Members: $400

Photos from Māori & Polynesian Textile Plants's post 16/12/2022

Here at Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research's pā harakeke we are trying something new.
You have probably all come across some old bushes where the fans in the centre have died and the harakeke bush looks more like a ring than a bush. Also when a bush gets older the leaves often get shorter and more narrow. This is usually the time when we take a few strong fans from the old bush and plant them at a new place, to grow a young, fresh bush. It will take between four to five years until the bush is large enough and the leaves long enough to harvest.
So we thought we try out a different approach. We filled a wheel barrow with soil and dumped it into the empty centre of the harakeke bush. Then we planted a young harakeke plant from the nursery into the new soil.
There are several things to consider. A heavy rain could wash all the soil out of the centre; we need to remember to water the young plant as it is above the soil and can't get the moisture from the soil or the irrigation system; quite a lot of soil is required to fill the centre of an old harakeke bush, which could be costly.
We will keep you updated on how this experiment is working out.

Photos from Māori & Polynesian Textile Plants's post 15/12/2022

*** CLOSED: 23 DECEMBER 2022 -- 9 JANUARY 2023 ***
The Pā Harakeke team at Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research would like to thank all the visitors who have spent time with us during 2022. We achieved so much!
We helped 22 weavers, schools, and whānau establish their own pā harakeke. We had approx. 70 groups visiting our pā harakeke, sharing their wisdom and thoughts with us. We partnered with Rongowhakaata iwi, supporting them to become a pā harakeke partner and in the future being able to serve the weavers in their area. We potted all of the Māori weaving collection cultivars. They will be the base of a brand new pā harakeke here at Manaaki Whenua, Lincoln.
There is so much that could be said, but I always think pictures are worth a thousand words.

Photos from Māori & Polynesian Textile Plants's post 13/12/2022

Exciting news! This afternoon a hui was held at Akaroa, opened with karakia by Ngaio Tuari. Akaroa weavers, lead by Ngaio Tuari, are planning to establish a pā harakeke at Waekerle Green. This will be an amazing resource for Ōnuku marae, weavers, schools and the whole of the community for generations to come. Present were Ngaio Tuari, members of the Akaroa Community Arts Council, CCC Park Ranger Fiona Waghorn, Asif Hussein community board member, school teachers and Katarina Tawiri from Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research.

27/10/2022

Manaaki Whenua hosted two beautiful kairaranga: Kerewai Wanakore and Sarah Tangitu. They are leading the establishment of a pā harakeke at the Western Bay Museum in Katikati. They made the long journey from Tauranga to Lincoln, helping prepare and transport the chosen plants back to Katikati.
Without dedicated people, like Kerewai and Sarah, with a love for raranga and whatū, these sort of projects would not be possible.

Creating Potential II: KETE | Hetet Art 06/10/2022

The weather has been terrible in most places in Aotearoa. That sort of weather is perfect for visiting an exhibition. You are in for a treat created by a master weaver.

Creating Potential II: KETE | Hetet Art This website was designed and built by Miro Associates and is owned and operated by the Hetet School of Maori Art Limited 

Mata Aho Collective: Tīkawe 21/09/2022

Leaves from Te Kohinga Harakeke o Aotearoa growing at Manaaki Whenua in Lincoln, Canterbury have contributed to the creation of the present exhibition (Tīkawe) in the entrance hall of the Christchurch Art Gallery. Katarina Tawiri was one of the consultants of the Māori Collective "Mata Aho" who visited the Lincoln pā harakeke twice. The exhibition celebrates the strength and significance of harakeke. Go see it if you can!
https://christchurchartgallery.org.nz/exhibitions/mata-aho-collective

Mata Aho Collective: Tīkawe An ambitious installation that soars across the architecture of the Gallery.

Respecting the tikanga surrounding harakeke 13/09/2022

Brenda Tuuta, TWoA kaiako, sharing tīkanga around harakeke and a positive outcome along the Kāpiti coast.
https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/lately/audio/2018858615/respecting-the-tikanga-surrounding-harakeke

Respecting the tikanga surrounding harakeke When local harakeke weavers noticed how the Kapiti Coast District Council parks staff and contractors were chopping back flax bushes they decided to step in and share some of the tikanga principles around the harvesting of what's regarded as a taonga. Brenda Tuuta - iwi representative in the Kapiti....

12/09/2022

A group of students from the mahinga kai programme at the BHU in Lincoln came for a visit to Te Kohinga Harakeke o Aotearoa. ̄ori

23/08/2022

Mōrena koutou!

Photos from Māori & Polynesian Textile Plants's post 17/07/2022

Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research celebrated Matariki. Friends and Family were invited. Some of the weavers, who harvest at Te Kohinga Harakeke o Aotearoa--National NZ Flax Collection, joined the celebration. Katarina Tawiri took the opportunity to give the weavers a guided tour through Manaaki Whenua's brand new building and of course we stopped at the "Kete Wall". Each bush growing in the Rene Orchiston Māori weaving collection is represented with a kete on this wall.
Before the celebration Rita Baker from Flaxworx NZ tidied up some bushes for us. It is always great to see the before and after photos.

Fotos courtesy by Flaxworx NZ

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