Weave a Konae (square woven bag)

Learn to weave a small woven bag (konae) using native harakeke (New Zealand flax)


FREE – $55.00 per person



About this experience

Learn how to weave a small konae (square woven bag) using Māori techniques and the natural material of harakeke with local kairaranga Ngaio Cowell. Ngaio will also share about the processes and tikanga that need to be observed when harvesting harakeke. This will be a relaxed workshop where you can work individually or with others. In this workshop you will get the opportunity to customise your konae, by braiding a whiri strap at your length of choice for the bag.

Please note, there are limited spaces for this workshop, so please only book if you are sure you can make it on the day. This is usually a 3 hour workshop, but depending on the group it can sometimes take longer. Please make sure you have a spare hour afterwards for if you need to stay on to finish.


Bookings are Non-refundable 

If for any reason (this includes illness, COVID, travel delays and injuries) you need to cancel your workshop, you will receive a refund minus a $30 administration fee. This is provided you contact us at least 14 full days before your booking


Please see our Cancellation Policy for more details.


We are grateful to be able to offer this workshop because of support from Creative New Zealand, and from Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre.

Your Host

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Ngaio Cowell (Tainui; Ngaati Te Ata & Ngāti Porou) is a craftsperson who takes inspiration from nature. Ngaio is currently continuing to develop her raranga skills through Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. She has learnt to weave with tī kōuka from Diana Duncan and continues to create artworks from foraged and native materials through business Tipu Toi.