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E'Mere Puketapu

Wellington

Hutia te rito o te harakeke, kei hea rā te kōmako e kō? Kī mai ki ahau, he aha te mea nui o te Ao?
Māku e kī atu, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata.

Hei taku iti, hei taku rahi, he mihi tenei ki a koutou katoa.
I te taha o toku ukaipo he uri tenei no Te Atiawa no runga i te rangi me no Ngati Ruapani ki Waikaremoana, i te taha o toku Matua he uri tenei no Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Pahauera.

Ko E'Mere Puketapu toku ingoa.

Kia ora, My name is E'Mere also known as Mere.
I have been weaving since a young age and have been taught by my kuia, whaea and tuahine who are all Kai Raranga (Weavers). I specialise in modern Harakeke design. I grew up learning to weave in a traditional setting amongst my whanau. I have now taken those skills and added a modern flare to my raranga while honouring our traditional techniques. I like to enlarge a functional piece and make it a wall piece for all to enjoy the process and simplicity of Nui. I also like to take narrative such as the kete of knowledge and put it on display such as in Ngaa Kono e Toru.

I have been tutoring the art of raranga for Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi within the Hutt Valley community for the last 12 months, I believe offering to pass down knowledge of Te Whare Pora (the house of weaving) to every wahine Māori is important because it is our birthright.

No reira tenei te mihi.


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