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Hinengāwari Weavers

Ngāti Kearoa Ngāti Tuara

Hinengāwari Weavers was developed after the successful delivery of wānanga toi in 2019-2020 sponsored by Creative NZ. The wānanga were held face to face, in home and individual tutoring. Four mediums waiata, 3d art, taonga puoro & raranga were delivered to the descendants of Ngāti Kea Ngāti Tūara. Hinengāwari, one of our kaitiaki from our lands would protect and guide us through this kaupapa. The completion of this kauapapa was celebrated at an exhibition held at Flux Gallery, Pukuatua Street Rotorua.

Since this time I have had the previledge of delivering raranga to my people, every 4th weekend we stay at our marae to create, re-educate, revitilise and empower one another through traditional and contemporary arts.

In July 2021 we successfully delivered kete whakairo for Ministers in Wellington, supporting Te Arawa River Iwi Trust. The kete were gifted from TARIT to the Ministers which was positively recieved. My vision for Hinengāwari Weavers is to support the many entities within our hapu lands.

To unite the many in our hapū through raranga, through mahi toi to thrive not just survive.

Weaving has been dormant in our hapu for almost 5 decades, many of us are descendants of the weavers of yesteryear Ngamihi Heta, Hana Pou, Matehaurangi George, Ngamihi Trisna Eru to name a few. We intend to tell their stories through mahi toi for our future generations.