Flaxworx NZ

Mahi Raranga (NZ Flax weaving) and Photography


Ko Koenigstein tōku maunga. Ko Elbe tōku awa. Ko North Sea tōku moana. Ko Tiamana tōku iwi. Ko Saxony tōku rohe. Ko Dresden tōku wahi noho. Ko Saxon tōku hapu. Ko Geoffrey Baker tōku tāne. Ko Ngapuhi tōna iwi. Ko Ngati Rangi rāua ko Te Hikutu tōna hapu. Ko Ngawha tōna marae. Ko Rita tōku ingoa. Kahore aku tamariki. 

My name is Rita Baker, originally from Dresden/Germany - together with my husband Geoffrey of Ngapuhi, Ngati Rangi and Te Hikutu descent we started FLAXWORX.co.nz. 

More info on me in a recent article on the Stuff Website and Sunday Star Times Newspaper

Other friends such as Pikiteora Mitchell and her daughters, Mandy Sunlight and her amazing team, Rosalie Wihare,  and my original tutor Ann Uerata and many others joined the team on and off with their great knowledge about all things weaving help out when the need arises (in particular when it comes to large piupiu orders). 

After 10 months of full time study at UNITEC in Auckland I graduated with a "Certificate in traditional and contemporary Maori Weaving" in November 2007. Since then we have been attending various Weavers Wananga around the country (including the National ones that are held every two years) to increase our knowledge and to meet other weavers. I have also been involved in various national and international weaving projects as part of a larger group of weavers (Karapiro World Rowing Champs, Wahakura projects around the country, United Nations Tukutuku project to name but a few).

We are full members of Te Roopu Raranga Whatu O Aotearoa and do follow traditional Maori tikanga (customs) when creating our pieces of art.

At this point I would also like to acknowledge some of my tutors. Foremost Whaea Judy Robson-Deane and Whaea Te Orihau Te Tai who not only thought me weaving but have been a big part of my "growing up" in the Maori World. I also like to mention Whaea Ann Uerata who inspired me to start this course in the first place and Erangi Brodie who is always there for me when I need advise in life. I could not have learnt so much about Maori culture, customs and art without these dear friends - despite marrying into a rather large whanau as well.

For large piupiu orders we do also get help from some dedicated friends around the country such as Pikiteora Mitchell, Eliza Yukich, Mandy Sunlight, Krissey Nicholson, Kathy Curtin Whetu, Rosalie Wihare, Marlene Straker to name but a few.

 Nō reira, tēnā koutou, kia ora anō tātou.

  Kia Ora, Thank you, Danke  

Rita & Geoffrey Baker 

All pictures, content, designs on my website and this page are copyright by Rita Baker. All rights reserved. It is not allowed to use any photos of artwork, data and other information from this site without permission from www.flaxworx.co.nz.

Please note: I do not claim copyright to any of the patterns used in my artwork - these are universally accessible through numerous publications.