Catherine is a passionate weaver who lives and works at Lake Rotoiti. She was mentored in the early years by her mother-in-law Emily, and has gained much of her knowledge alongside her husband James, while assisting with some of the many marae restoration projects they have been involved with. They have worked together on projects and exhibitions here in Aotearoa, as well as overseas, including: Rauru Wharenui Restoration – Museum Fur Volkerkunde, Hamburg 2012; United Nations Tukutuku Project – New York 2015; Whiria – Weaving Global Connections Exhibition – Rotorua 2015
She specialises in piupiu making, creating sets for schools and roopu kapahaka throughout the country and overseas, as well as tukutuku (woven wall panels) and kakahu (cloaks). She particularly enjoys the harvesting and processing of the natural resources required, from areas close to home. The sharing of these skills with others is really satisfying for her, in helping realise her wish to contribute to the retention of the traditional arts.