Rāranga - the art of weaving


  • Tauke Kirkwood Social work and family therapy practitioner with the Pupukemoana Team based at Waitemata District Health Board. Has been practicing social work for 20 years in Aotearoa, the UK and the USA. Specialises in youth mental health and families.




raranga harakeke, weaving, sensory modulation tool, pupukemoana, child and adolescent mental health, m?ori practice, mental health,


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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How to Cite

Kirkwood, T. (2017). Rāranga - the art of weaving. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 27(4), 39–46. https://doi.org/10.11157/anzswj-vol27iss4id436