Exhibition Blog

Show & tell. Master Weaver Veranoa Hetet

Meeting Master Weaver Veranoa Hetet was nothing short of inspiring. Her energy and spirit is a force you can't deny and to be honest she is a bit infectious. 

We were lucky enough to have her part of our current exhibition 'Welcome Home Taranaki Iwi' along with Wi Taepa, Te Rongo Kirkwood, Maria Brockhill, Rangi Kipa, Gabrielle Belz, and Darcy Nicholas. Oh, yes we have them all! And we are proud as punch.

After the exhibition opening evening we sat down with Veranoa to talk weaving and life.



How old were you when you first began weaving? 

I first put my hand to flax with the intention of weaving something when I was 13.  However I was 'eating' flax from the time I was a baby - that is I was surrounded by it from birth.


Who taught you or how did you learn?

My mother taught me.  From the time I was a child I was being taught.  Learning from my Mother was such a natural thing.  Mothers hand down knowledge, skills, passions, love.  I was just fortunate that my Mother's knowledge, skills, passions and love was weaving.


Have you passed your techniques on to others? Who? 

I have been a teacher of weaving for 23 years.  Over that time I have taught for different teriary institutions.  Now I teach privately from The Hetet Artspace.  So over the 23 years of teaching at around 10 students a year I guess I've taught over 200 people.  Unless my maths sucks.  But that sounds about right.  Of course only a few continue to become fulltime weavers.


Is there a specific piece you have created that is dearest to your heart? Why?

To date my most special piece has been the Erenora kakahu (cloak). 

It was started but left incomplete by my late Mother - who I was extremely close to.  Completing it for her was an extremely emotional journey.  I also feel that technically it is a decent piece of weaving.


If you could be any animal which one would you be?

Horse.  Probably helped by the fact that I am a Sagitarian and also a Horse in the Chinese horoscope.


If you could plan a perfect day what would it consist of from start to finish?

Treadmill for 40 minutes, brekkie, weaving all day.  Eating dinner that someone else has prepared, a bit more weaving, bed with a good book then fall asleep watching a good movie.  Aaahhhh the good life.


What is your favourite meal and who would cook it?

Seafood, gathered and cooked by my sea loving husband.  He makes the best chilli cheese crayfish and paua fritters! A glass of chardonnay.  Mmm mmm.  Jelly beans for dessert.  I love jelly beans.



Currently we have three of Veranoa's muka ketes on display. They are available to purchase for $750 each.

Feel free to pop into KINA or give us a call at the shop 06 7591201.

Welcome Home Taranaki Iwi

Seven leading contemporary Maori artists to exhibit at Kina Gallery during Taranaki International Arts Festival.

The Kina Gallery is proud to host seven leading Contemporary Maori artists during the Taranaki Arts Festival. 
All of the seven artists are connected to Taranaki iwi and are part of the `Call of Taranaki’ exhibition at Pukeariki Museum. 

The exhibitors include glass artist Te Rongo Kirkwood, painter and print maker Gabrielle Belz, clay artist Maria Brockhill, sculptor, jeweller, and ta moko expert Rangi Kipa, clay artist Wi Taepa, weaving artist Veranoa Hetet and painter and sculptor Darcy Nicholas. 
Rangi Kipa and Darcy Nicholas have exhibited extensively on the international arts scene and this is a rare opportunity to see and purchase their work locally. 
Bell Block artist Maria Brockhill recently featured in Wellington at a National exhibition of leading clay artists. The Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver represents Gabrielle Belz and Te Rongo Kirkwood.

Into the Lounge

The Kina Angels invite you ‘Into the Lounge’ this month at Kina Gallery. 

Imagine: A reading chair, coffee table, standing lamp, a couch, a bed and the rug it sits upon are individually hand crafted pieces un-like any other. All built, decorated, and created by different local artists and wrapped up into one living space.

Kina has collaborated with 5 local female artists for a one of a kind group show.

Deborah French, Julianne Lafferty, Kristina Weston, Marita Green, and Sarah Sampson will be the major contributors to the exhibition space with furniture, textiles, wall art and handcrafts.

These women artists are creators of many things.  Together they are intrigued by textiles, wood, lacquers, paints, fabrics, colour, textures and using these elements to transform pieces for a second purpose or rebirth.

Using the techniques passed on from their grandmothers, their mothers, their Aunts, their sisters and from times past has helped them create and adapt their own personal style to each piece in this show.

We invite you to come take a seat on the couch, relax in the chair, and mingle in the dining area.  Dressing up retro/vintage for the opening event is welcomed but not mandatory. For your enjoyment the opening event will have live music performed by local singer songwriter Estella Winnie-McGee.  As well as cocktails and mocktails kindly supplied by Snug Lounge and retro appetisers supplied by Café Govett Brewster. 

This is the first time KINA has curated this type of show. Not only is it going to be functional art- it is a living art show. So come, enjoy and live in this space.