5 Feb 2011

Weekend workshop on adze making

6:11 am on 5 February 2011

Waatea News reports artists from Ngati Hinewaka in Palliser Bay will show vistors how their ancestors shaped adzes from argilite, which is considered the best material next to pounamu or green stone.

Haami Te Whaiti says the artists gained their skills from building a replica of a 16th century Wairarapa sleeping house for Te Papa museum in 1997, with help from Dante Bonica, a lecturer in Maori material culture at Auckland University.

He says the workshop is part of Te Aratoi's major Wairarapa Moana exhibition.