Taniko weaving is traditionally done using harakeke the native
New Zealand flax Phormium tenax, which is prepared and dyed
in a sequence of processes. Preparation can take up to three
months and the resulting fibre is called muka.
This weaving technique is called raranga. The pattern used as a full page background and sidebar in this website is from a woven kete harakeke (flax basket) given to the webmaster by Ani Crawford of the Ngāti Porou iwi / tribe.
Diggeress Te Kanawa
Diggeress was born in 1920 to Dame Rangimarie Hetet and Taonui Hetet. Her father named her in honour of the WWI troops referred to as "Diggers". At the age of twenty she married Tana Te Kanawa and together they raised twelve children.