Learn the ancient and compulsive pastime of he whai (string games) in connection with Maureen Lander Aho Marama Strings of Light. As you play, Briar will talk about the history of string games in Aotearoa and around the world.

Along with Libby Patterson, Briar O’Connor wrote He Whai: Old and New String Figures from Aotearoa New Zealand, published by Reed in 2002.

This workshop is suitable for ages 8+, and all participants will receive a string to use and take away.

Bookings essential.


  • $5 per person

Education Centre

  • 11am and 1pm


  • $5 per person


  • Sat 11 Nov


  • 11:00 am — 2:00 pm


  • Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū
  • Montreal Street
  • Ōtautahi Christchurch, 8140