Join Kaiako Tāua Rangimaria Suddaby and Kairaranga Matua Des Cooper at Te Kōawa Tūroa o Takitimu Lodge in the Jericho Valley for a wānaka (workshop) to learn the traditional Māori practice of raranga / harakeke weaving.

The wānanga includes:

  • A two-day weaving workshop suitable for beginners
  • An overnight stay at Te Kōawa Lodge
  • Kai and refreshments for the weekend
  • An educational Matariki celebration evening
  • Participation in the Te Kōawa Mahinga Kai Restoration Project with a tree planting session

Tickets are $30 koha pp - Limited spaces so booking is essential!


Saturday 18 June - attendees welcome to arrive from 9.30am for a 10am start

10:00am Mihi Whakatau (welcome)
10:30am-4:30pm Raranga Wānaka, including:

  • Tīkanga of raranga
  • How to identify, harvest and prepare harakeke for weaving, in accordance with traditional Māori practices
  • How to care for a Pā Harakeke
  • Weaving a rourou (food basket), and whetū (stars) to celebrate Matariki
  • Basic Te Reo around weaving, a karakia and a waiata
  • No prior weaving experience necessary.

Saturday evening
We will celebrate Matariki with a kōrero about Matariki and it’s importance, some purākau (stories) about the Takitimu Mauka, and enjoy a hangi and bonfire (weather permitting).

Sunday 19 June

9:00am - 3:00pm

  • More raranga/weaving using skills from the first day.
  • Talk on mahinga kai and rongoā
  • Te Waiau Mahika Kai Trust will give a presentation about the Te Kōawa Mahinga Kai Restoration Project, including a tree planting session.

Note: the accommodation is in bunk rooms, and participants need to bring their own bedding/sleeping bag and their own pillow. For more details on the Lodge please see Te Waiau Mahika Kai Trust website.

Thanks to our sponsors

Te Arawhiti, the Office for Crown Relations for their Matariki Ahunga Nui funding
Te Hau Toka Southern Lakes Wellbeing Fund
Trees that Count for the rākau for the planting session
Te Waiau Mahika Kai Trust

Limited spaces so booking is essential. Tickets are $30 koha pp