Weaving Wananga May 8-10 – Day 2 at EIT – Te Whatukura, Gisborne

Kia ora everybody,

I hope you are all well and keeping warm as we head into Winter. After a busy week last week I have been catching up on mahi at home, work and within the whanau to prepare for huge future events set take place at the end of the year. So as we all prepare for our daily rituals, work, home, whanau, work, remember that we all have our own roles and responsibilities within our families, communities and iwi (tribes) to contribute back to Kaupapa affecting the future generations of our people/ whanau – all that I ask of you is to get involved wherever you can, however big or small that effort is – learn something new everyday and become aware of the blessings as well as the hard work involved in the process – our future depends on the choices and actions of ‘Our People.’ We are the future – lets make it a an awesome one!

Without further a due, it is now time to carry on with the update on our 2nd Day of Wananga at EIT – Te Whatukura. So here it is… back to the Kaupapa.. here our beautiful ladies are carrying on with their prep and starting No.2 of their Konae Kete.

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Here is an example of a finer woven Konae unfinished…

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My old friend Wendy using her skills and experience in Weaving to help her colleague out…
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My awesome whanaunga Tiopira and husband of Erin (back left) popped in to make sure our Pots and elements were all ready for use as we began to dye whenu (strips) for No.3 Kete – Sundays project.

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All the ladies taking turns to dye their whenu 🙂

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Dyed whenu hung out to dry while the group gets back to Weaving…

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Harvesting Tikanga and Practice are very important foundation skills of Weaving.. so we ran the class through this process and gave this little bush behind Te Whatukura a nice clean… it has now inherited a couple of Kaitiaki from the School to take care of it…

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I feel very blessed and priviledged to be able to meet and work with such amazing people like these ladies who blew me away with their determination, positivity and unique creations. This photo was from the end of the day and these are the results of their hard work.

Tune in again soon for more on The Update.

Nga mihi

Lee 🙂

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