Raranga ki Kaiwaka.
An atmosphere created for all, is the feeling most people felt as they walked on to Kaiwaka Marae to partake in the raranga wananga held at the marae from June 30th to the 10th of July.
The wananga was a marae based programme run under and funded by Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi.
People of all ages were welcomed to attend, and that they did. From the young teaching the old how to make roses and putiputi, to the old teaching everyone else how to make kete, backpacks and more.
There were 50 or so who registered to partake in the wananga, but another 20 or so who could not make the deadline for registrations, but also partook in the wananga.
Nanny Nuku Te Whitu was our tutor. But in saying that, anyone present who also had their own experiences with harakeke and raranga, was encouraged to help in assisting the tauira.
We were walked through all the processes of preparing harakeke. Partaking in karakia to cut the flax. What part of the flax to cut. How to boil, when to boil, how long to boil the flax. Te mahi haro. Right up until it was time to start weaving the flax together.
The atmosphere created in this wananga was awesome. We had our pakeke and rangatahi working alongside one another. The ears of our rangatahi were entertained by the jokes and humorous korero of our pakeke. An atmosphere you could not find in any classroom.
We were all treated like Kings and Queens when it came to kai. Our ringawera provided us with lovely kai; some might even say too much kai. But oh well, at least none of us starved.
Overall the wananga was a success. We had drawn in many people who had not returned to Kaiwaka in years, along with some who had never been to Kaiwaka before. This is something we want to carry on doing, bringing the people home.
Click here for the evaluation of our wananga.
A few of the works produced at the wananga.