Kahu Collective

The Kahu Collective is a group of three experienced local kairaranga and kaiwhatu with a studio based in Kaiuau/New Brighton. They enjoy teaching together as well as working on commissions. 

From left:

Corabelle Summerton (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Hako) After discovering weaving 6 years ago, Corabelle has been inspired to find connection with her whakapapa and connect with her culture. She has a love of traditional Māori weaving adding a modern touch to create something incredible.

Cathy Payne (Tangata-Tiriti) holds a bachelors degree in Toi Māori from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, specialising in raranga. She considers herself privileged to have had the opportunity to be taught by and weave alongside some of Aotearoa’s master weavers. Cathy loves learning new skills and sharing what she has learnt with others. 

Lisa Harding (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Hako) utilises raranga and whatu techniques to create artworks immersed in tradition with a contemporary style. These pieces allow her to reconnect with her cultural identity and tell the stories of aspirations through natural fibres such as harakeke. She loves to share her knowledge.