Saturday 3 June, 12am-2.30pm, Weave a large kono

Course Overview

Learn how to weave a large kono (square woven basket) 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.

Please note; There are 6 places available in this workshop, which is suitable for adults, so please only book if you are sure you can make it on the day.This is usually a 2 and a half hour workshop, but depending on the group it can sometimes take longer. Please make sure you have spare hour afterwards if you need to stay on to finish.


Rekindle Workshop
Upstairs in the former Boys' High building
Matatiki Toi Ora Arts Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard.


Level Duration Format
Beginner  3.5 hrs In Workshop



Bookings are Non-refundable 
A partial credit may be issued if you are unable to attend due to illness or COVID isolation. Please advise Rekindle as soon as possible, prior to your workshop. 
Credits will not be issued with less than 24 hours notice given. 


Ngaio Cowell (Tainui; Ngaati Te Ata & Ngāti Porou) is a craftsperson who takes inspiration from nature. Ngaio is currently completing her Kawai Raupapa- Te Whare Pora at Te Wānanaga 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. Ngaio is passionate about Kai sovereignty and will be teaching as part of our Resourceful Kai Programme.


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.

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