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Creative ID: 155

Art form(s): Ngā Toi Māori, Craft/Object, Multi-Disciplinary.

Based in: Chartwell, Hamilton.

When I'm available: I could see myself being available every day if the position is viable and am willing to give up my Monday to Friday job.

Where I'm available: Hamilton mainly but I have presented two weaving classes at my moko school in Auckland and would like the opportunity to hold some classes there as well as Hamilton.

My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)

I have been weaving with harakeke (flax) for the past 12 years, attended Te Wananga O Aotearoa in Hamilton, received my diploma there, been a student of Veranoa Hetet. Weaving has become a big part of my life. I love to weave with flax and love to teach weaving. I love making kete and Waikawa(storage baskets). Tikanga and te reo are an integral part of learning to weave and will be introduced from the get go.

My track record of experience and success - or the track record of experience and success of the creative or artist that I will partner with

I hold regular classes teaching adults and children how to make kete and baskets, bracelets, putiputi and headbands. Hold regular waikawa lessons. Have also taught in Waikeria Mens' Prison.

Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes

I have taught at various schools in Hamilton and Auckland.

Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice

Weaving is my passion and I love to share this toi, by doing so, like our language, it keeps it alive.

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