Fern cloaks by Adrienne Spratt, Brenda Tuuta + Jenny of Wananga O Aotearoa, Palmerston North

Installation by Adrienne Spratt, Brenda Tuuta + Jenny“Te Kahu o patupaiarehe I tenei māra,” installation utilizing plants from the Otaki Forks Artspace property (harakeke, mamaku, ponga + other ferns) by Adrienne Spratt, Brenda Tuuta + Jenny from the Wānanga O Aotearoa in Palmerston North.

They made two site specific installations weaving ferns, ponga and harakeke. The title refers to these cloaks as being from the fairy folk in this garden.

Adrienne, Jenny + Brenda
Woven fern cloak by Adrienne, Brenda + Jenny

Woven fern cloak by Adrienne, Brenda + Jenny



See Adrienne’s bio page on this website.

See Brenda’s bio page on this website.


Day 5: 60-80 visitors

Network no. 1 by Michelle Backhouse

Network no. 1 by Michelle Backhouse

Detail of "Domino Theory"  by Sen McGlinn

Detail of “Domino Theory” by Sen McGlinn

Brenda Tuuta, raranga weaver

Brenda Tuuta
Welcome to Brenda who is a last minute addition to the line up for “Kei Te Tārai O Te Whenua”

Iwi: Ngati Mutunga; Moriori

I have been weaving for fourteen years now and started my raranga journey with kaiako Adrienne Spratt at Kapiti Island. This meeting has led to starting my Masters in Maori Visual Arts this year.

I am presently a Raranga Kaiako at Te Wananga o Aotearoa in Papaioea (Palmerston North) and love every minute of it. It is great to be working with a medium I am so passionate about and to be surrounded by like-minded people.

Woven by Brenda Tuuta

Woven by Brenda Tuuta

Elaine Bevan, weaver in harakeke (flax) and other materials

Elaine BevanNgāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Wehiwehi
She lives in Otaki with her family.

My interest in weaving stems back to my childhood observing the skilful hands of my cousin transforming the blades of harakeke into beautiful functional kete. Years later whilst carrying my first child, the journey began. Harakeke and pīngao grew abundantly where I lived at the time. I’ve always admired fine intricate work and I’m constantly inspired by the exquisite taonga created by our tupuna. For the past 25 years I have enjoyed weaving and experimenting with our traditional plant materials and dyes. Ideas for designs tend to emerge as my work progresses.

Woven by Elaine BevanI graduated with a Bachelor of Design & Art now known as ‘ Poutuarongo Toi Whakarākai ‘at Te Wānanga o Raukawa in 2001. My work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

I am currently sharing a teaching position in Heke Toi Whakarākai (Diploma in Design & Art) at Te Wānanga o Raukawa (Otaki) and I appreciate the opportunity to share, hopefully inspire and be inspired with others who share the same interest.

Iwi art and design


Adrienne Spratt, raranga weaver in harakeke, pīngao + kiekie

Still from a video:  Adrienne SprattBorn:
1966, Paraparaumu, Aotearoa | New Zealand and is of Czechoslovakian, Irish and Scottish descent.

She lives in Waikanae.

Degree in Māori Visual Arts (Massey University) Palmerston North, 2013.

Still from a two minute video made by The South Pacific Art Company (watch this on youtube) who represent her work in Ireland and the U.K.

Cloak by Adrienne Spratt, 2007

Cloak by Adrienne Spratt, 2007. Collection of Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand), Wellington, Aotearoa | New Zealand.
Materials: flax, copper alloy, thread, aniline dye

Dimensions: 900 (Height) x 650 (Width) x 50 mm.

Woven object by Adrienne Spratt, 2011

Woven object by Adrienne Spratt, 2011

2013:  “Arohaehae, Raranga, Whiri, Whatu – Adrienne Spratt”
Review of her exhibition at Mahara Gallery, Waikanae.
15 Nov – 15 Dec 2013.

2009: “Tūhura”
group exhibition at Gallery 118, 118 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London, U.K.