Coming together with art

Veranoa Hetet and Lillian Hetet-Owen with their students, alongside a woven and sewn quilt that she made in memory of her mother

The Hetet School of Maori Art founders Veranoa Hetet, Lillian Hetet-Owen and Sam Hauwaho came to Dargaville last weekend for an exhibition and workshops with their students.

A powhiri on Saturday opened the exhibition of work from the Hetet family — Dame Rangimarie Hetet, Erenora Puketapu-Hetet, Veranoa Hetet, Sophie Ani Owen and Sam Hauwaho. Pieces from local artists Jim Te Tuhi, Yvonne Tana, Karla Herman, Adrienne Dietrich and Donna Shaddock supported the work, along with works from students from the Hetet school.

Visitors and students attended a presentation from Veranoa about her weaving, and Lillian talked about how through the internet, they are able to teach 350 students around the world. The Kaipara area makes up a lot of the school’s students, so the rest of the weekend was made up with workshops.

Organiser and student Heather Carrington says that the weekend was “fantastic, just to have had a family of such prominence within the Maori art world here.

The theme of the weekend was a quote from Dame Rangimarie Hetet about her vision of one day we wouldn’t be Maori and Pakeha, that we would be New Zealanders.”


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