Last week my class and I had the privilege to experience the kaupapa (protocols) of collecting harakeke (flax). Flax is a taonga to all Maori people because they used flax for all sorts of things like for example clothing, baskets and many more things. We all walked down to Omaru Creek and talked about the rules.
Some rules were to not pick flax at night and to not pick them when it's raining. One of the most important rules was to not cut
the Pepi (baby), Matua (father) and the Whaea (mother) because if you
do then the whole bush will die. There were some other rules we were not
to do with it
After discussing the rules we went off
and picked our flax. My friend Jorja and I didn't really get to pick
flax but we did get to capture everyone participating in this event. It
was amazing seeing everyone co-operating together as a team. It was a
short time down at Omaru Creek.
We came back to school
with our flax in our hands and our class sat down quietly ready to start
weaving. We were trying to weave a putiputi (flower). Some people
got through it but some struggled. This was a great experience.
though I didn't get to do all of these things but I still had fun
seeing people make the putiputi. At the same time is was funny. Anyway
this day was AWESOME!!