Toi Maori Gallery

Meleta Bennett

Meleta Bennett

Meleta Bennett
Ngati Ranginui/Ngapuhi

Meleta began her weaving journey in 1993. Currently she is a teacher of Māori weaving at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in Rotorua. This has enabled Meleta to share her knowledge of this art form and continue to pass on the cultural skills and practices of the elders, in turn, creating a link for future generations of new weavers. Although her work is contemporary, she continues to utilise a range of customary techniques and enjoys working with different natural mediums. Meleta has participated in exhibitions nationally and internationally, and has been fortunate to work alongside many great weavers who have shared their knowledge and skills willingly over the years. Most recently she has been engaging with and nurturing her relationships with the wider indigenous weaving community, through cross-cultural indigenous gatherings both here in Aotearoa and the U.S.A.