Should I bring my own tools or materials?

We provide all the tools and materials needed for your workshop you will need for each workshop. If there is anything specific you need to bring along with you, you will be advised via email prior to the workshop. 


How do I sign up for a workshop?

Click on the Workshops tab of this website. Select the relevant workshop by location, then the workshop you want, and then continue through the checkout process online.   


What are the workshop fees and how do I pay?

Workshop fees differ depending on the materials involved and the length of time the workshop runs for. You will be asked for your payment details when you confirm your booking or order.


Can I use a gift voucher?

Rekindle gift vouchers were discontinued in October 2023 and every effort made to contact people who had purchased them. Resourceful Craft 2024 is not offering gift vouchers. 


Are there additional costs?

No, the price of each workshop is all inclusive. The craftspeople may have tools and materials you can purchase to continue your new craft from home. 


What should I wear?

This will depend on each workshop and you will be advised what to bring and wear via email before your workshop. Some workshops, like spoon carving and stool making for example, require closed-in shoes and you will be given a heavy duty apron to wear for the duration of the workshop. Our weaving workshops can get messy so we recommend wearing old clothes or bringing an apron.


Why aren't you teaching raranga (Māori weaving) at the moment?

With the previous Rekindle kairaranga moving on to other new and exciting projects we've decided the best thing we can do to support Māori weaving practice is to point you towards those who are already doing this well in Ōtautahi. Please check out the Kahu Collective for short beginner raranga workshops and courses, or Te Wānanga o Aotearoa for longer courses.


What tikanga are observed when working with Tī Kōuka?

Tī kōuka is taonga, a valued and prized resource, and is a form of life that is tupuna (an ancestor) to Māori. We acknowledge mana whenua as Ngāi Tahu, Ngāi Tūāhuriri. We also acknowledge those who whakapapa to Waitaha and Kāti Māmoe, who are closely connected to this land.

We use the name tī kōuka because it is its original name, and we observe elements of tikanga Māori when weaving with it here in Aotearoa. “How we prepare tī kōuka leaves” is a short video that gives some more insight to our approach to using local and indigenous materials in craft, as Tangata-Tiriti.


Why don't you offer Community Service Card subsidisation for workshops anymore?

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer subsidisation for those with Community Service Cards at this stage, as we don't currently have funding for this. We would like to do this again in the future if we can.


Do you have workshops for children?

We are not teaching courses specifically for tamariki this time around, but some of our workshops are appropriate for older children to come with their parents. Check out each workshop listing for details. 


What are the class sizes?

The size of each class depends on the type of workshop but may be up to 12 people per session. We like to offer a more thorough learning environment with smaller participant to craftspeople ratios.


What happens if my booking is cancelled?

We may cancel a workshop if the number of bookings for that workshop falls below the required number of participants. In this case, we will reschedule you to another day/workshop that suits you or offer a full refund. Where you are entitled to a refund, the refund will be made to the same credit card or payment method that you used to confirm the booking.


Can I cancel or change my booking?

We understand that cancellations or schedule changes are sometimes inevitable. We have a cancellation policy to ensure that we provide you with the best service while also protecting our craftspeople. 

  • To cancel an existing booking, please contact us by emailing  info@resourcefulcraft.org.nz with your booking reference and full name. Please allow up to 48 hours for a response. 
  • In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for workshops, if you cancel your booking within 14 days of the workshop date, or do not turn up on the day, you are NOT eligible for a refund.
  • For paid workshops where you cancel more than 14 days before the workshop date, you will receive a refund but a $30 administration fee will be applied. Where possible, an alternative workshop date may be offered.

How do I access the films I have purchased?

Once you have purchased your film you will need to log in to your account using the same email you used to purchase your film.  You can log in by clicking on the person icon (👤) at the top of our website. After you are logged in, go back to the films page and you will see your purchased films at the bottom of the page. Your film/s will be available to re-watch when convenient.

What does Resourcefulness mean?

We live in a world confronted by social and environmental challenges. These problems are inextricably linked yet so vast and complex it is difficult to face them together. As these challenges worsen, the need to find solutions that address both human and environmental wellbeing in an interconnected manner grows increasingly vital. It is as a response to this that Rekindle champions resourcefulness. Professor Tim Haywood (2006) says “Resourcefulness involves the development and exercise of human capacities, and thus fulfills part of the substance of a good human life; it also eases pressure on finite natural phenomena that are needed as resources in (roughly) inverse proportion to resourcefulness.” Through the lens of resourcefulness the relationship between human and non-human wellbeing is interwoven; when we care for earth we cannot help but care for ourselves.