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Due to a State of Emergency being declared for the Tararua Region, and with all roads into Akitio being affected by slips and flooding, the decision has been made to postpone our Te Whare Pora wānanga.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you but please be assured that we are currently planning new dates for this workshop. As soon as these dates are confirmed we will contact you.

#40364 Te Whare Pora (Akitio)

Te Whare Pora was a house that a hapu would build to nurture artists.  We don’t have this institution anymore so we need to create this space for ourselves.
Maungarongo Te Kawa (Whakapapa Quilts) and Kaia Hawkins (Manahau Embodied Movement), have planned a weekend wānanga to guide you on how to create your own Te Whare Pora, and the skills to hold that space and to map your way back there, through sewing, reflection, pūrakau, dance, writing, kōrero and fun.

Come and enjoy a weekend of creativity, whakawhānaungatanga, and good wholesome kai.  Nau mai, haere mai.

Times: Friday 5:00pm – Sunday 3:00pm (Learners must commit for the whole weekend)
Tutor(s): Maungarongo Te Kawa (Whakapapa Quilts), Kaia Hawkins (Manahau Embodied Movement)
Venue: Akitio Community Centre, 3027 Coast Road, Akitio
Catering:  Anderson Street Kitchen
Cost: $60 (includes accommodation and kai)

Must Enrol by:  COURSE FULL


Course Information for Te Whare Pora (akitio)

Course Tutor(s): 

Maungarongo (Ron) Te Kawa
(Ngati Porou)
Contemporary takatāpui fabric artist, tutor, and storyteller. Grounded in te ao Māori, his practice makes old pūrākau newly relevant to modern life through the use of brilliant colour, fluid design, and infectious good humour. Ron’s work is held in major collections, including those of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū and the Dowse Art Museum.

Kaia Hawkins
(Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa, Ngā Ruahinerangi, Ngāti Pahauwera)
Manahau Embodied Movement Founder, Open Floor International Teacher, Ringotoi, Rongoātoi, Kairaranga, a creator, and a mama. Manahau Embodied movement is a space where Te Ao Māori, Conscious Dance, Creativity and Kaia weave together a brave place for us to decondition within.

Purpose of the Course:   By the end of this weekend, learners will:

–   have a deeper understanding of Te Whare Pora.

–   have created a quilt that tells a story that the participant, and generations to come, will treasure.   Using fabrics, sewing, printing, and symbols that represent your walk and tell your story.

– have gained an understanding of basic tīkanga and te reo māori, māori imagery, concepts and beliefs.

Outline of the Weekend:

Friday 17th February

5:00pm start – please note participants must commit to the whole weekend

Meet up, informal greeting and introductions
Kōrero about Te Whare Pora
Hapori:  Fabric swap and sort
Plan a simple fabric art design that pulls in the Māuri of Te Whare Pora
Introduction to double-sided iron-on technique and slow stitching

Saturday 18th February

Movement with Kaia
Techniques to make your art more potent
Sewing and Music
Sewing & music

Sunday 19th February

Finishing quilt
Complete lining
Pack down and clean up Community Centre
Farewell circle
4:00pm Finish

Participants Must Bring:
– Torch (very important)
– Toiletries and Towel
– Warm Clothes
– Togs (if you wish to go swimming)
– Linen/Bedding/Pillow
– Walking Shoes/Slippers
– Jacket
– Any Medication you may require  ***Please let us know if you have any allergies we need to be aware of.
– Liquid Refreshments and Snacks
– Sewing machine (if you don’t have one please let us know)
– Lots of fabric supplied for the workshop, however please bring any bright coloured fabric or special fabrics for the quilt that you would like to use, such as old clothes, or uniforms, lace, any fabrics that might have a significant meaning for you.
– Also bring, a large sheet or piece of fabric for backing and a blanket;
– Fabric scissors, cottons, wool etc. if you have them.


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