Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Kete Tāniko


  • Medium: muka (New Zealand flax fibre), natural dyes
  • Size: 6 × 8 × 1.5 inches
  • Reference Code: K130501

Natural dyes: Tānekaha bark (brown), Raurēkau bark (yellow), Mānuka bark (beize)

“The pattern intricately depicts the subtle ripples—aramoana of the Pacific Ocean. Kete Tāniko makes reference to the processes used to form this delicate basket. These processes are common and recognizable to many indigenous weavers.”

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.