Matekino Lawless QSM
Ngati Maniapoto – Raukawa: Ngati Whawhakia:
Matekino has been weaving for over seventy years and tributes her learning to the people of the Ngati Pikiao tribe, Te Arawa . Matekino is a respected elder, well known as a Weaver among her people and a role model that emphasises quality as her benchmark.
The contribution Matekino has made to the Art of Weaving has gained national recognition and acknowledgement by being awarded the Queens Service Medal (QSM) in 1999, Creative NZ: Te Waka Toi: Kingi Ihaka Art Award in 2008 and Creative NZ: Supreme Te Waka Toi Award 2015. Her valued skills and expertise continue to be recognised nationally and internationally.