10 Sep 2009

Work on 20th cloak

10:36 am on 10 September 2009

An Opotiki man is making his 20th korowai, or cloak, which he will gift to the organisation that taught him te reo Maori.

Ruka Hudson started making cloaks more than a decade ago after setting up a community class to teach both men and women to work with harakeke or flax.

Waatea News reports Mr Hudson lost his legs as a result of stepping on a landmine during the Vietnam War.

He used to paint, but now prefers making korowai for his whanau and people who help him.