Thursday, 31 March 2016

Flax Flowers

Maori Protocol When Flax Weaving

This morning the Room 13 and 14 ALL students worked together to create Harakeke Puti Puti or Flax Flowers. 

WALHT make a flax flower
I can:
  • Say the Maori word for flax
  • Say the Maori word for flower
  • Use my hands to bend the flax to make a flower

To begin our lesson, we looked up online what the Maori Protocol was for flax weaving and together we pulled out the main rules or ideas. Below we compiled a list of what we should be mindful of when making our Harakeke Puti Puti
  • You should say a prayer of thanks before harvesting the flax 
  • Cut the flax on an downward angle
  • Never cut off the centre shoot of the flax
  • You should never walk over or step on the flax
  • You should not weave where you eat (keep food and drink away)
  • Your first weaving project is given away
  • You must wash your hands after weaving
  • You should never burn the scraps or leftover flax, it is returned to the ground


  1. Love the weaving room 14. My favourite part about it was folding it over again and again, but Miss Glen did most of it for me. But I still had a lot of happiness in me and I even remember some rules about weaving 1. Don't step on it or step over it 2. wash your hands after weaving 3. Do not weave where you have been eating..Thanks for reading ,bye for now see you next time.

  2. Kia mau te wehi!! Awesome work Room 14.
    Te Harakeke putiputi tino tino ataahua. (The flax flowers are VERY beautiful.
    Ka pai te mahi tamariki e ruma tekau ma wha. (Good work children of Room 14)