Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Kete Paua: Paua Basket


  • Medium: muka (New Zealand flax fibre), pāua (New Zealand abalone)
  • Size: 2 × 4 × 4 inches
  • Reference Code: KX81001

“Circular baskets are not woven as frequently as the rectangular baskets seen in New Zealand Maori society today. The circular basket draws on elements of a circular kiekie basket dating to early 1900s. Kete Paua makes reference to the natural habitat of a seafood delicacy paua or abalone, which is protected by the sea plants of Tangaroa—God of the Ocean. Kiekie (Freycinetia banksii) is a weaving material that grows in the native bush of New Zealand”.

Christina Wirihana

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.