Māori weaving and fibre arts

Cover of Weaving Flowers from New Zealand FlaxThis page is a brief guide to weaving and fibre art resources at your library.

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Rerehua / Taoka Pūoro
Arts and music websites.


Explores the history and tikanga of harakeke, and how it is harvested and woven.
Tī Kōuka — the cabbage tree
Tī kōuka is strong, durable, and doesn’t shrink in water. It proved a useful source of fibre for early Māori and was used for making a range of items.

How to weave

Making a putiputi
Guide to making a putiputi (flower) from harakeke.
Stars of Matariki / Ngā whetu o Matariki
Step by step instructions on making a star from harakeke.

Library resources

Photo of hands weaving the Whāriki for Parklands Library.A Whāriki for Parklands Library
Christchurch City Libraries celebrated Matariki 2005 by weaving a whāriki using harakeke.
Te Manu Tukutuku — the Māori kite
Manu is the word for bird and kite, and tukutuku refers to the winding out of the line as the kite climbs.
Pūawaitanga o te Ringa — Fruits of our busy hands
A book about the series of tukutuku panels that were specially woven as a community project for the new Ngā Pounamu Māori Centre in 2001. The booklet includes information about tukutuku weaving, the specific designs used and their meanings.
Tukutuku panels
A gallery of photos of the panels in the Ngā Pounamu Māori Centre.
Weaving art and lives together
An interview with Paula Rigby, skilled harakeke weaver.
Cloaks display
Paula Rigby is a weaver and fibre artist. In this brief piece she describes three of the garments on display at libraries during Matariki 2011.
Janet Stewart Reserve
The Janet Stewart Reserve is a place in Otautahi Christchurch where weavers can gather harakeke for weaving. Our page includes recorded interviews with Ranui Ngarimu, chair of the national weavers collective Te Rōpū Raranga Whatu O Aotearoa at that time (June 2005), and Christine Heremaia who has been extensively involved in the establishment of the reserve.