Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Kete Performer III


  • Medium: muka (New Zealand flax fibre), slate base
  • Size: 5 × 5.5 inches (excl. handles and base)
  • Reference Code: KX70503

The “kete performer” make reference to the skill and technique of a Poi dancer. The fine “kete performer” reflects the Poi dancer for her excellence, integrity and mere beauty in the handling of a pleasurable past-time of Māori.

Christina Hurihia 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.