Weavers' hui focuses on teaching tikanga

10:06 pm on 21 October 2017

Weavers from around the country are gathering at Lake Rotoiti for the biennial National Weavers Hui this Labour Weekend.

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The hui was first held in 1983 as a way of keeping the art alive.

This year, organisers are focusing on teaching the younger generation that weaving is not just about picking up practical skills, but learning the tikanga behind it as well.

Edna Pahewa of Toi Māori Aotearoa (Māori Arts New Zealand charitable trust) said in a world brimming with technology, the challenge was to try to slow down the younger generation of weaving students.

The key was for new weavers to take the time to learn the tikanga.

"They need to stop and listen to us - if you want to learn our craft this is how we're going to teach it."

There is no wi-fi signal at the venue, so the craft of weaving would take centre stage. "I think you can get reception if you're lucky if you're standing on the hill on one leg," said Mrs Pahewa.

Hundreds of people are due to attend the four day event at Te Wai-iti Marae, which will include workshops, screenings of archival films and a visit from representatives of international weavers forum.