Deputy Chairperson, Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa, National Weaving Committee
Sharing my passion for weaving alongside of my mother, friend and mentor, Matekino Lawless, has been my life. I respect my role as kaitiaki (guardian) of Toi Raranga (the art of weaving) and will ensure the repository of knowledge continues.
I previously lectured in visual arts at Waiariki Institute of Technology, Rotorua, as a Senior Lecturer in Maori Art and Design, a position I held for seventeen years. My current position is a shared position as Academic Programme Leader of Te Toi Whakarei - Visual Arts, at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, Whakatane. I successfully graduated with Masters of Maori Visual Arts from Massey University, Palmerston North, May 2008.
I currently hold the position of Deputy Chairperson of Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa, National Weavers Committee, a position I have held for three years. I was the successful recipient of Toi Sgwigwialtxw House of Welcome Artist Residency, 2006. The Longhouse Education and Cultural Centre, Evergreen State College, Olympia, State of Washington, USA, a residency co – sponsored with Te Waka Toi: Creative NZ.
My work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be seen in Museums and private collections throughout the world.
See also: Abstract of Christina Hurihia Wirihana's paper:
Fibres from a cultural context