Ngaio Cowell (Waikato Tainui; Ngaati Te Ata, Ngāti Porou and Tauiwi) is a ringatoi and craftsperson who comes from a whānau of kaiako, creators and kaingaki māra and takes inspiration from te taiao.
Ngaio works under the ingoa; Tipu Toi, and is one of Rekindle's Kairaranga and is a member of Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa and the REI Collective. She continues to hone her raranga skills through her studies at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
Ngaio is passionate about kai tino rangatiratanga, through her involvement with Te Waka Kai Ora and Eat New Zealand, she will be teaching as part of our Resourceful Kai Programme.
Images- Above- Ngaio preparing harakeke and weaving a pōtae.
One of Ngaio's Kete Whakairo- Papakirango- using natural dyes.
Photos by Naomi Haussmann.