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Manaaki Whenua is kaitiaki of a collection of traditional weaving varieties of harakeke (NZ flax, Phormium spp.) donated by Rene Orchiston of Gisborne.

A catalogue of the Rene Orchiston Collection is freely available for download.
Rene Orchiston Collection Catalogue

Rene Orchiston Collection Catalogue

The 50 harakeke were selected long ago from natural stands and cultivated by Māori weavers for their special leaf and fibre properties. There are varieties specially suited to making kete, whāriki, piupiu and cloaks.

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