Always wanted to learn the art of raranga and weave harakeke (flax)? This course will teach you the basics along with the tikanga (protocol) around harvesting and weaving harakeke. By the end of the course learners will have woven a kono and a pikau (backpack).

Please note:  This course is suitable for beginners.


Dates: 4th August – 8th September (6-weeks)
Times: Wednesday Nights, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Tutor: Mel Reiri
Venue: Pahiatua Marae Wharenui, Riccarton Road, Pahiatua
Cost: $40 / $20 with Community Services Card

Must Enrol by: 3rd August


Course Information for Raranga Harakeke, starts 4th August

Course Tutor(s):  Mel Reiri.  Experienced weaver, holds a Bachelor of Māori Art (Maunga kura toi) accreditation.

Purpose of the Course: By the end of this course, participants will:

    • Have a basic understanding of Te Reo Māori kupu associated with raranga (weaving harakeke).
    • Have a good knowledge of how to harvest, prepare and weave with harakeke.
    • Have a good understanding of tikanga (protocol) surrounding the use of harakeke and weaving.
    • Have demonstrated basic raranga techniques by completing two projects – kono and pikau (backpack)

Pre-requisites (if any):  n/a

Please contact community@reapwairarapa.nz for any further information you may require.