Rāranga - the art of weaving

Tauke Kirkwood

Abstract


Raranga Harakeke (weaving with flax) is a sensory modulation tool used by the ‘Pupukemoana’ team, a child and adolescent mental health team based at Waitemata District Health Board in Tamaki Makaurau. It is an effective tool that uses western sensory concepts to self-regulate and make emotional adjustments by implementing a Māori cultural perspective using flax weaving. Prior to this project there were no Māori cultural constructs/tools offered to Māori whānau by the Child Youth & Family Mental Health Services based at Waitemata District Health Board. Raranga Harakeke provide a range of Māori values and concepts, practices and principles that can be drawn on to work effectively within whānau dynamics to assist in healing and well-being.

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raranga harakeke; weaving; sensory modulation tool; pupukemoana; child and adolescent mental health; māori practice; mental health;

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.11157/anzswj-vol27iss4id436

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