Behind the ngira
Tēnā rā tātou katoa, ko Renee Paku tōku ingoa, he uri nō Ngāti Kahungunu (Ngāti Hāwea), Ngāti Maniapoto (Ngāti Rōrā) me ētahi atu iwi o te motu whānui.
I am a māmā, a student of Ahunga Tikanga and a knitter.
I was hungry for patterns that were unapologetically Māori and told our correct narratives, were entrenched in tikanga but are still safe for tauiwi to wear and enjoy in all contexts. And with that, Auahatia came into te ao mārama.
The values I wanted to reflect in my patterns moved across into my wūru effortlessly and being able to trace the Whakapapa of the wūru was important. I only use NZ yarns from small mills with ethics that line up with my own.
I stand against racism in all it's forms, call me an SJW and I'll wear that badge proudly.
Exploring decolonisation and te ao Māori through knitting.