Have you ever wanted to learn to weave?
There are many places you can learn and as many choices what and for how long. To name just a few here:
Most Marae around the country will have some connection to a weavers roopu. The Maori Women's Welfare League has also many very gifted weavers among their midst. In Auckland of course there is Unitec (where we learnt) and Te Wanaga o Aotearoa who offer full time programs. Plus there are plenty of groups of weavers who are not affiliated with a specific Marae but meet at community centres or somebody's home. Best to search for community education providers - mahi raranga or flax weaving (they are usually found under the art and photography tab).
Ask around and you will find that there are plenty of options for you to learn in your area. Taking up the traditional art of Maori fibre weaving might be the best thing you ever do:-)
Short courses are offered at the following locations (to name just a few): Corbans Arts Centre:
THE MAGIC OF MUKA | BEGINNERS
Sat 14 Sept, 10am - 3.30pm
Discover the magic of stripping flax to reveal 'muka' fibre and learn more about the traditional Maori uses of this important material. You will begin to weave a small wall hanging while learning from Ann, a talented and experienced artist.
FEE: $45 (Includes all materials)
on the North Shore of Auckland City: http://learn4life.co.nz/arts-crafts.htm#raranga
also at Massey High School - they have 3 levels of Raranga courses this year: http://www.masseyhighcommunityeducation.co.nz/courseinfo.php?n=105&s=1
Wellington has some great courses as well: http://www.cecwellington.ac.nz/courses/891-harakeke-flax-weaving-onslow-college and http://www.tawacomed.co.nz/node/207
South Auckland has also classes - check them out here: http://cace.org.nz/courses
In the South Island - take your classes with Ali Brown: http://www.alibrown.co.nz/workshops.html
OR Maureen Harte: http://www.creativetourism.co.nz/workshops_art_weaving.html
Please contact us for further details or if you have more questions (sometimes we know of upcoming wananga but don't have the time or space to list them here)