Programmes that are meaningful to their community is the key to adult learning programmes at Ruapehu. There was a high demand for programmes based around harakeke. The interest was for the harvest and care of harakeke and the many ways to use harakeke.
The photos show the finished product of learners who are not experience weavers but interested in making wahakura. The finished products shown are their first attempt and have many usages, but will not hold babies.
The wananga ran over two weekends and included the harvest and care of the harakeke plant.
A further series of wananga will see the learners finish a wahakura made to a specific size and strength required to meet the safety standards required to ensure the safety of the babies they will hold.