"I was fortunate to learn the rudiments of weaving from a Maori Kuia Connie Marsden who was part of a programme Te Ha oTe Oranga. She taught me how to make the usual 2 corner and 4 corner kete using natural flax. I was part of that group for about 5 years.
While I still continued to be part of that group I did 2 papers at Unitec under the guidance of Judy Hohia. The first paper I studied was Kete and the second paper was Kete Whakairo. I learnt how to read patterns and transpose that knowledge to my weaving.
Although I still had a love affair with natural flax I learnt about dying flax, I have continued to weave Kete Whakairo and enjoy using the traditional Maori patterns in my weaving. Most of my weaving these days is in natural flax creating a mix of many patterns on the same piece. However sometimes I do use colour to show up a particular pattern.
I enjoy weaving and have started a group of women who meet at our local hall once a week to weave. I have taught most of them how to weave Kete Whakairo. We share ideas and have been weaving together for many years and are now good friends."