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Veranoa Hetet: Creating Potential

MON 28 DEC 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

The past and the future are woven closely together in these works by prominent Māori weaver Veranoa Hetet QSM (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Ati Āwa).

Veranoa is a master Māori weaver and kaiako based in Waiwhetū, Lower Hutt, who comes from a long line of prominent makers.

She first learnt the weaving techniques raranga, tāniko and whatu kakahu from her mother, the late Erenora Puketapu-Hetet, and learnt tukutuku and kowhaiwhai from her father, master carver Rangi Hetet.

In her new exhibition, Creating Potential, Veranoa explores the notion that each of her works hold the past - building from traditional methods, patterns and stories of whakapapa. But they also hold the future—the exciting potential of creating something new, using contemporary materials, colours and techniques.

Woven with a deep sense of aroha for both past and future generations, Veranoa’s weaving upholds the creative legacy of her whakapapa by “seeing what can be, working out of what was”.


The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

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