LOCATION: Harakeke is one of Aotearoa’s most ancient and distinctive native plants, and it grows throughout the North and South islands.
USES: It is the principal weaving plant, and many weavers use named forms selected for leaf pliability, colour and fibre quality.
Leaf strips are used in raranga, the plaiting of kete (containers) and whāriki (mats). Extracted fibre (muka or whītau) is used to make traditional kākahu (cloaks), and for cordage. Today, harakeke is also used in non-traditional ways to create original and exciting works of art. (Manaaki Whenua)
Haere mai | Welcome to Te Mata Park and its famous peak, one of the most loved and visited places in Hawke’s Bay.
Gifted in perpetuity to the community in 1927 and managed by a small group of volunteer trustees, with appreciated help from local councils and the community, the Park is a cultural, historical and recreational treasure.
Four times winner of the presitigous international environmental award.