Workshop. Energy Signals: Flag Making with Ron Te Kawa

Saturday, 13 March, 11 am
Thursday, 29 April, 11 am

Image: Ron Te Kawa, quilt detail, Kapa Haka Quilt Welcome Home, 2020.  

Image: Ron Te Kawa, quilt detail, Kapa Haka Quilt Welcome Home, 2020.


Join fabric artist Ron Te Kawa for a free drop-in workshop as part of the exhibition, Hīnātore: A Time and Place to Rest.

Pennant flags are traditionally used on ships for identification or signaling other vessels. Ron creates flags as a way to channel intention and energy.

Participants will be able to create a pennant flag from fabric printing and sewing techniques.

This workshop is free to attend and participants can drop in anytime between 11am and 1pm.  The activity takes between 30 minutes and 1 hour to complete and children must be accompanied by an adult.


This workshop series is in partnership with Bernina.




Maungarongo (Ron) Te Kawa of Ngāti Porou has been working prolifically in fashion, art, community development and education across Aotearoa New Zealand for decades. Using sewing as a conduit to connect with people, his legendary workshops have given countless participants the confidence to create and express with fabric.

Ron Te Kawa has exhibited throughout Aotearoa New Zealand including a solo exhibition in 2020 at Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi, Whakatāne. He was awarded Best Futuristic Design at the 2006 Canterbury Fashion Awards, has been nominated for a Benson and Hedges Fashion award and in 2019 he was named the Adult Community and Education Aotearoa Māori Educator of the Year.