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Veranoa Hetet: Creating Potential

Now on
10 Oct 2020 – 28 Feb 2021
Free

Veranoa Hetet: Creating Potential 2020 (install view). Photo by Mark Tantrum

Veranoa Hetet: Creating Potential 2020 (install view). Photo by Mark Tantrum

Veranoa Hetet: Creating Potential 2020 (detail install view). Photo by Mark Tantrum

Veranoa Hetet: Creating Potential 2020 (detail install view). Photo by Mark Tantrum

The past and the future are woven closely together in these works by prominent Māori weaver Veranoa Hetet QSM (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Ati Āwa).

Veranoa is a master Māori weaver and kaiako based in Waiwhetū, Lower Hutt, who comes from a long line of prominent makers.

She first learnt the weaving techniques raranga, tāniko and whatu kakahu from her mother, the late Erenora Puketapu-Hetet, and learnt tukutuku and kowhaiwhai from her father, master carver Rangi Hetet.

In her new exhibition, Creating Potential, Veranoa explores the notion that each of her works hold the past - building from traditional methods, patterns and stories of whakapapa. But they also hold the future—the exciting potential of creating something new, using contemporary materials, colours and techniques.

Woven with a deep sense of aroha for both past and future generations, Veranoa’s weaving upholds the creative legacy of her whakapapa by “seeing what can be, working out of what was”.