Ko Orowhana ko Whangatauatia oku maunga
Ko Rangiheke, ko Te Wairoa oku awa
Ko Karirikura toku moana
Ko Te-One-Roa-a-Tohe toku tai
Ko Mamari, ko Ngatokimatawhaorua, ko Tinana oku waka
Ko Te Aupōuri, ko Te Rarawa oku iwi
Ko Patu Pinaki, ko Ngāti Moroki, ko Ngāti Hine oku hapū
Ko Ruth Port toku ingoa
Nga mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa.
Weaving has taken me to many places throughout Aotearoa as well as the the UK running weaving wānanga including workshops at the British Museum which was a wonderful opportunity. This experience led to our rōpu ,Te Rā Ringa Raupā researching and recreating Te Rā, the only known Māori woven sail of its era, 250 to 300 years old.
Te Rōpu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa is the name of our national weavers’ group and six weavers throughout the country are nominated and voted on to the committee to work for the wellbeing of weaving in Aotearoa. I have been elected onto this committee for three terms of four years and feel priviledged to help shape the future of Raranga/Whatu for our weavers
I currently reside in Ahipara where I have ancestral links and where there are many gifted weavers.
My passion for the art of weaving is ongoing. This is both as an individual on a personal journey of exploration within a time honoured art form and as a skilful and successful tutor inspiring and inviting others to become part of a beautiful whaariki/mat. This whaariki has no limits and allows each weaver's unique essence to be expressed and valued as an integral part of the whole. Raranga for me is a fulfilling and exciting way of life.
TIHEWA MAURI ORA!