Kete - by Moana Hilliard
The annual Harakeke Flax Weaving on the Coast event is back at Queen Elizabeth Park on Saturday 3 March, providing people with an opportunity to experience the world of Māori weavers.
Harakeke is led by Paekakariki's Te Rau o Te Rangi Weaving collective, who will provide expert weavers to guide participants.
"The event will be a nice introduction to flax weaving, which we hope will inspire participants to take it further. They'll learn the history of the area, how to care for harakeke bushes, and how to use the flax and weave it into beautiful items," says the collective's Margaret Jackson.
Organised by Greater Wellington as part of its Great Outdoors summer events programme, Harakeke always gets excellent feedback from participants who enjoy the attractive outdoor setting and the welcoming atmosphere. There's also a sausage sizzle at the end to reward participants for their efforts.
Harakeke – Flax Weaving on the Coast
Cost: $10 per person
When: Saturday 3 March, 9am-12noon
Where: Paekakariki Weaving Club, Tilley Road, Queen Elizabeth Park
Bookings essential: Call 04 830 4041, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to Greater Wellington's website www.gw.gov.nz/events.