Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Kete Whakairo • Patterned Basket


“Kete Whakairo is commonly woven and used on various occasions within New Zealand Maori society. This basket has been woven as a free standing form where design elements have been used to ensure no assistance is required. The combination of colour contrast assists to highlight the range of weaving pattern applied, showcasing the serrated finish evident on the top and bottom of the Kete Whakairo.”

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.