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Join Objectspace for a panel discussion to find out more about Raranga taura kutai, one of the projects currently exhibiting in Pohewa Pāhewa: a Māori Design kaupapa.

Once a saltwater pātaka filled with green-lipped mussels and flounder, the waters of Ōkahu Bay have suffered from the impacts of a city growing around it. Using harakeke, a rōpū of weavers from Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei have created taura (ropes) that can stimulate mussel growth in the moana to cleanse the water of pollutants and boost biodiversity.

The success of this seemingly simple intervention in Tāmaki Makaurau and other harbours around the motu shows the power and necessity of mātauranga Māori for successful environment management and whenua regeneration.

The taura in Pohewa Pāhewa have been woven by Tanya Reihana White with the support of John Kaulima-Panapa and members of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei weaving rōpū, Te Puāwai.

Join these and other contributors behind this kaupapa to gain insights into the whakapapa of the project and other regeneration projects being led by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.


  • Free - Registration Essential


  • Mon 31 Jul


  • 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm


  • 13 Rose Road
  • Ponsonby