Ngaio Cowell

Ngaio Cowell (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 teaches raranga and 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. She continues to hone her raranga skills through her studies at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Ngaio is passionate about kai sovereignty, through her involvement with Te Waka Kai Ora and Eat New Zealand, she will be teaching as part of our Resourceful Kai Programme. Ngaio works as the Mātanga Taiao Māori at the Green Lab, where she uses her mātauranga māori to help to create community co- designed green spaces in Ōtautahi.

Images- Above- Ngaio preparing harakeke and weaving a pōtae.

One of Ngaio's Kete Whakairo- Papakirango- using natural dyes.

Photos by Naomi Haussmann.