Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Kete (Sails of the Tanui Canoe)


  • Medium: kiekie, flax
  • Size: 8 × 12 × 4 inches
  • Reference Code: KX50401

The long, swordlike leaves of the kiekie droop down from the heights of the trees, which sometimes makes for very easy harvesting. Of course, some leaves are totally out of reach, and the gatherer is encouraged to leave these for Tane Mahuta, God of the Forests.

Christina Hurihia Wirihana

Christina Hurihia Wirihana


Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Pikiao

(1949- )

Christina is a master weaver and has been weaving for more than forty years. She attributes her knowledge to many people, especially her mother, Matekino Lawless, who is also a weaver and has been her strongest support and mentor. Christina is grounded in the traditional weaving techniques but has moved towards more contemporary forms. She continues to push the traditional boundaries of weaving, using materials such as glass, copper, stainless steel, wood and Perspex.