Resourcefulness is creating what we need from what is around & within us, for the wellbeing of planet & people. Rekindle shares opportunities for resourcefulness by promoting the skills & knowledge involved in creating what we need from what we have. We transform local resources through care & craft; this being the opposite of wastefulness. 


Waiata ki te wai / Songs for water - with Yo-Yo Ma's Bach Project

November 04, 2019

Such an exciting gathering on the banks of the Ōtākaro happening very soon! Rekindle founder, Juliet Arnott is delighted to have been commissioned by Yo-Yo Ma as part of his Bach Project to evolve this special event to coincide with his visit to Ōtautahi Christchurch on November 13th. Juliet is collaborating with Kerepeti Paraone (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Hine), Te Pūtahi – Christchurch centre for architecture and city-making & Tier One Events to bring this event to life.   You are all invited to come & sit together on the banks of the Ōtākaro Avon River at lunchtime on Wed 13 November to acknowledge the rivers of Waitaha/Canterbury through song & weaving. While kairaranga weave harakeke, we will all sing waiata together, listen to karakia, stories &... Continue Reading →

Spoon-carving tools - buying advice!

June 24, 2019

Spoon carving requires three basic tools: an axe; a straight knife; and a curved “hook”, “crook” or “spoon” knife. These tools are useful in lots of other projects, and are a great asset for anyone getting started working with green wood. Availability of carving tools in New Zealand isn’t great, but there are options to buy locally without having to resort to ordering from overseas. It’s also true to say that you don’t need to buy the most expensive tools to start carving spoons, but as with all tools you’ll seldom regret buying good quality. Below, we’ll outline the basics of what makes a functional tool for carving, and where you can procure them. Having your own tools isn’t necessary... Continue Reading →

We have Gift Vouchers!

December 22, 2018

We're very pleased to be able to share our new gift cards with you for our workshops. What could be better than being given a gift of an experience, and what's more a new resourceful skill to learn & practise. Click here to see the vouchers available. Continue Reading →

What a first! Necessary Traditions festival weekend complete

November 13, 2018

What a wonderful weekend at the Arts Centre in Ōtautahi Christchurch was had! Over 40 practitioners of necessary traditions spent the weekend demonstrating their resourceful skills. The reality of how it was to have these extraordinary group of practitioners together in one place was beyond our hopes, it felt like putting the tinder to a flame and the burst of energy & excitement in spontaneous & furry collaborations was evident in these moments: A doll of Alex Yerks (woodcarver) made my Hilary Jean Tapper on Sunday 11 November 2018. A shoe upper woven of harakeke by Tracey-Anne Cook for shoemaker Louise Ayling.   A spoon carved by Alex Yerks dyed with black carrot by Arina Terekhova.  These feel like the... Continue Reading →