Weaving Wananga May 8-10 – Day 1 at EIT – Te Whatukura, Gisborne

Kia ora everybody,

Hope all is well with you and you all had a fabulous weekend. I know we did!!      A big Thank You! to EIT Tairawhiti, ACE, Sue Matthews, Te Whatukura and everyone who came to support the Kaupapa over the weekend. This was the second Wananga that Erin Rauna and myself have run through ACE together this year and we are so pleased with the interest, participation and feedback from this extraordinary event which saw new, keen local Weavers and some experienced take the opportunity to get together and enjoy learning and creating new things as well as enjoying the break from reality and immersing themselves into some self healing time. Overall, we all walked out with a little something extra to smile about and be proud of our achievements.

Day 1 – Karakia, Stripping and Preparation of whenu for Konae Kete

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And their off…

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Erin holding whenu…

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Papa being built…

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Lots of concentrating happening…

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2 cornered kete in the making…
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Finished Natural  Konae Kete with personal touches of Muka handles…

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I am so glad and excited  that this opportunity has continued to help raise awareness of the beautiful and important Art form of Weaving in todays world and the benefits it has for our people. Its hollistic properties – a natural rongoa (medicine) as well as our cultural histories connected through stories and patterns within it pertaining to ‘the people and the land’ – acknowledging this is probably one of the most important things in life, I think. So wherever you are, take some time out for yourself each day to slow down and be at peace amongst the quiet still of nature and breathe in the good and release the toxicity from your system.

Watch this space.

Nga mihi

Lee 🙂

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