Kia ora mai, tēna koutou e hoa! Haere mai ki te Flaxworx.co.nz. Nō reira tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, a tēnā tātou katoa.
Welcome, Willkommen to Flaxworx.co.nz
Ko Koenigstein tōku maunga. Ko Elbe tōku awa. Ko North Sea tōku moana. Ko Tiamana tōku iwi. Ko Saxony tōku rohe. Ko Dresden tōku wahi noho. Ko Saxon tōku hapu. Ko Geoffrey Baker tōku tāne. Ko Ngapuhi tōna iwi. Ko Ngati Rangi rāua ko Te Hikutu tōna hapu. Ko Ngawha tōna marae. Ko Rita tōku ingoa. Kahore aku tamariki.
My name is Rita Baker, originally from Dresden/Germany - together with my husband Geoffrey of Ngapuhi, Ngati Rangi and Te Hikutu descent we started FLAXWORX.co.nz. Other friends such as Sharyn Allan (Ngapuhi), Pikiteora Mitchell and her daughters, Mandy Sunlight and her amazing team, my original tutor Ann Uerata and many otehrs joined the team on and off with their great knowledge about all things weaving help out when the need arises (in particular when it comes to large piupiu orders).
After 10 months of full time study at UNITEC in Auckland I graduated with a "Certificate in traditional and contemporary Maori Weaving" in November 2007. Since then we have been attending various Weavers Wananga around the country (including the National ones that are held every two years) to increase our knowledge and to meet other weavers. I have also been involved in various national and international weaving projects as part of a larger group of weavers (Karapiro World Rowing Champs, Wahakura projects around the country, United Nations Tukutuku project to name but a few).
We are full members of Te Roopu Raranga Whatu O Aotearoa and do follow traditional Maori tikanga (customs) when creating our pieces of art.
At this point I would also like to acknowledge some of our tutors. Foremost Whaea Judy Robson-Deane and Whaea Te Orihau Te Tai who not only tought me weaving but have been a big part of my "growing up" in the Maori World. I also like to mention Whaea Ann Uerata who inspired me to start this course in the first place. I could not have learnt so much about Maori culture, customs and art without these Three.
Last but not least - if you ever thought of buying that special present or corporate gift for someone - let me help you and make it for you, give us a call if what you want is not as a sample here on this site and we can discuss your idea's.
Nō reira, tēnā koutou, kia ora anō tātou.
Kia Ora, Thank you, Danke
Rita & Geoffrey Baker