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Raranga / Whatu Workshop with Medina Koni

Raranga / Whatu Workshop with Medina Koni

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  • Fri 8 Jul, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Wed 13 Jul, 4:00pm – 6:00pm


39 Gillies Cafe, 39 Gillies St, Kawakawa


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Workshop Admission: $29.62

Te Puna Aroha presents, Toi Iho Raranga/Whatu Artist Medina Koni, in two workshops this July. At the workshop you will get to make: a small taonga, a plaited limited edition bookmark and watch as Medina demonstrates how to create a piece of muka, aho, whenu, kārure tassel and get to listen to her 30 year weaving korero throughout the wananga. Spaces are limited to 20 per session.

These workshops are an extension of "Kua Puawai - The Blossoming & Fulfilment of my Raranga/Whatu journey", an Art Exhibition that showcases the dedication of Medina Koni's 30 year hikoi to master the art of raranga/whatu.

Through Medina’s eyes we capture a glimpse of old customary techniques woven into both traditional and modern contemporary designs through the lens of Te Ao Māori.

Beautifully handcrafted pieces from a full muka korowai, kahu kuta, kahu piu, kiwi feather neck dress, muka jewellery set, a delicate kete muka embellished with kārure to her first ever collaborative piece with graffiti artist son Taru-Belgium Hedger. Each item tastefully displayed in custom made boxed frames to allow for intimate viewing.

Medina Koni, (nee Hauraki) is fully Ngāti Hao/Te Popoto as well as Ngāti Hau/Ngāti Kaharau and Ngāpuhi nui tonu tūturu. Medina was born and raised in Te Tai Tokerau and is an official Toi Iho Artist.

Don’t miss this chance to view an inspiring collection of Māori art which gives an appreciation of the intricate skills required to create such exceptionally beautiful taonga.

Workshops - $25pp + Booking Fee (Limited spaces available)
Art Exhibition - FREE (every day until 13 July, 7:30am to 2pm)

Te Puna Aroha is a small Charitable Trust (TPA) based in the Otiria/Moerewa area. We are a kaupapa that allows whanau to thrive in a safe healthy environment, growing resilience, building capacity and mobilising communities. TPA project manage meaningful initiatives to bring about hope and foster a "Desire to Dream or Aspire for Abundance".

Call into 39 Gillies St Cafe to not only view the breathtaking masterpieces but grab a coffee and savour some of their delicious homemade treats.

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