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Te Karanga ki ngā Taniwha Event

Raranga Wānanga

Frank Topia

Sat 12 August

11:30 - 2pm

Capacity 15

Fri 18 August

2:30 - 5pm 

Capacity 20

Sun 20 August

12 - 3pm 

Capacity 20

Join Frank Topia and Linda Lee for an introduction to raranga, weaving with harakeke, outside of their usual space at Ōtari Wilton’s Bush. We’ll discuss basic tikanga and you can see what the artist/s have been creating during the residency  in various stages of completion.


You will walk away with your own small woven taonga at the end of the wānanga.

We will have shared kai and refreshments, feel free to bring some to the table.

* Please arrive on time for karakia and ensure you are able to stay for the duration of class to respect our tikanga.

** If you are unable to make it please cancel your booking on your google booking form so that those on the waiting list can attend.


Franklyn Topia (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Haua) is an accomplished weaver and kaiako based in Pōneke, Aotearoa. He comes from a large family of Māori musicians, weavers, carvers and ta moko artists. Frank specialises in raranga, tāniko, tukutuku, whariki and whatu kākakahu. 


With weaving experience of more than twenty years, he holds a Diploma in Māori Weaving from Te Wananga o Raukawa, and a Bachelor's Degree in Indigenous Maori Art, Diploma in Adult Education in and Certificate in Māori Visual Arts in Costume, hair design, prosthetics and makeup from Te Wananga o Aotearoa.


He has nine years of teaching experience at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Two of those years he was Linda’s kaiako.


Since then, they have woven their practices together working as a team at Ōtari Raranga since 2021.

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