He Kahu Korero – Cloaks that speak : ‘Living as Maori women’ then, now and for the future.


As women, we cloak our children in a protective kahu (both cloak and amniotic sac) before they enter this world. Once born, we continue to ‘cloak’ them in values, beliefs and aspirations through our deliberate actions to live full and holistically well lives ‘as Maori’. Each richly woven cloak is literally and metaphorically storied. What stories does your cloak tell? From Kaupapa Māori and Mana Wāhine thought, we share stories of Māori women reclaiming ‘living as Māori’ as they create heirloom cloaks, and offer a hands on activity for participants to consider the stories that their own ‘cloak’ tells.