Wairoa Weaving Wananga – Day 1 – 23-25 Jan 2015

Kia ora whanau and friends, I hope all is well with you all as we prepare for another busy year and carry on  moving forward with the opportunities that life has presented to us.

Today, I am sharing with you an event that has finally taken place last weekend after 6 months of organizing I am very pleased to say that it is done and the feedback as well as the lessons learnt throughout have helped us to prepare for the next one.

Our first day we started with Karakia, Tikanga, and a brief on how to harvest before we went up the road to my Uncles house to harvest his Harakeke (NZ Flax) which we spent two hours rotating our groups within two bushes. Here are some of the photos taken during the process.

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Due to a lot of the Korari (Flax flowers) dying which is normal by the way we had a lot of dead leaves to clean out of the bushes.

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Our team worked hard to prepare flax to take away from site leaving the remaining bushes nicely cleaned,healthy and spacious to carry on growing well and before you knew it, it was done and time to clean up before heading back to EIT for lunch.

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Our team in front of one of the bushes we cleaned with the harakeke they had gathered that morning enough to last the whole weekend.

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After lunch the prep work began and the Weaving was left to start the following morning.

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A big thank you to Sue Matthews who runs the ACE programmes in Gisborne at EIT who helped to get this project off the ground through funding, marketing and organizing our Wananga at EIT Wairoa and also a huge thank you to my colleaugue Erin Rauna for jumping on board this Kaupapa and facilitating with me throughout the weekend. None of this would have been possible without you both so thank you very, very much.

I would also like to thank the staff at EIT Wairoa for looking after us while up there and also the students who participated and supported by being there, being patient and so keen to learn. I hope you are all well and enjoy carrying on what you have learnt so far. We look forward to working with you all again in the future.

Nga mihi

Lee:)

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