Taonga Wāhine

To celebrate and promote women's health and safety in Kaikohe
A two-day intergenerational creative workshop was held for wāhine in Kaikohe, where whānau worked together to explore the concept of safety. They designed their own patterns and screen printed them. On arrival, our participants were hesitant. By the end of the workshop, these same women were brought to tears with pride. Their designs and fabric turned out to be beautiful! They took their mahi home and sent samples of fabric to whānau around Aotearoa.
It’s all about whānau really, being safe is about whānau to me. Bringing your kids up in a safe environment around your whānau, telling them about your whānau. So it’s all based around whānau.
Kaikohe Community Member
Photography: Caren Davis