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Taking you to the heart of New Zealand’s National Harakeke Collection

Have you ever wanted to harvest and use the harakeke in your backyard or school for weaving?

We can show you how to and the importance of doing this in a sustainable way!

Scientific and cultural perspectives of the harakeke collection

Interview with Michael Winter from RSNZ.

How to Harvest Harakeke

A video for beginners, showing them how to harvest harakeke/New Zealand flax. Filmed in the National NZ Flax Collection at Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research in Lincoln.

Wahakura waikawa: weaving a baby basinette

Katarina Tawiri weaves a wahakura (woven basinette, or flax sleeping pod) in the waikawa style.

Katarina's Kete

Katarina Tawiri has been documenting the weaving and fibre properties of around 50 different varieties of harakeke from the Rene Orchiston Harakeke collection, located at Lincoln.

How to make a putiputi (rose)

Watch as Katarina shows you how to weave a harakeke putiputi (flax flower). This one is a rose.

How to weave a harakeke whetū (star)