Toi Maori Gallery

Matekino Lawless QSM

Matekino Lawless QSM
Ngati Maniapoto - Raukawa: Ngati Whawhakia:

Matekino has been weaving for over seventy years and tributes her learning to the people of the Ngati Pikiao tribe, Te Arawa. Kahui Whiritoi, Matekino is a respected elder, well known as a Weaver among her people, a role model that emphasizes quality as her benchmark. During her early weaving years Matekino preferred to weave within the comfort of her home with her family. Her passion for weaving has encouraged her to look beyond her family and frequently enjoys sharing her expertise of Toi Raranga, Whatu and Tukutuku with people who are keen to learn. The contribution Matekino has made to the Art of Weaving has gained national recognition and acknowledgement by being awarded the Queens Service Medal (QSM) and Creative NZ: Te Waka Toi: Kingi Ihaka Art Award and Te Waka Toi Supreme Award, Te Tohu Aroha mo Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu. Her valued skills and expertise continue to be recognised nationally and internationally and more recently has accepted invitations to travel aboard with her daughter, Christina. The mother/daughter team have an established relationship as weavers and as good friends. This unique partnership has drawn much interest from national and international weavers, by sharing inter generational expertise as a team. A short term residency at Evergreen State College Longhouse Education and Cultural Centre, Olympia, State of Washington in 2013 provided an unique opportunity for Christina to accompany her mother, Matekino Lawless, in a mother/daughter residency. In 2014 this mother and daughter team accepted an invitation, and took up a two month residency at the University of Hawaii Manoa.