A Whāriki for Parklands Library

Christchurch City Libraries celebrated Matariki 2005 by weaving a whāriki using harakeke (New Zealand Flax). The weaving took place in eight Libraries around Christchurch during June. Simon Rutherford was in the Libraries encouraging the public to work on the whāriki with him. He has been weaving for eight years since learning at the feet of Cath Brown, one of the key figures in raranga. He works on various projects, has a regular group and also takes Intermediate school classes for weaving experience sessions. His work is available at the Gallery shop, Christchurch Art Gallery, and in Auckland at Pauanesia.

The finished whāriki was a koha from the libraries and people who work in and use the libraries of Otautahi Christchurch to the new Parklands/Waitikiri Library that opened Saturday 6 August 2005.

WeavingPhoto Gallery


Monday 6 June 2005


Tuesday 7 June to Thursday 30 June 2005

Drying and Installation

July 2005