Te Kohanga Whakawhati Marae in Pahiatua will host the first wahakura wānanga for the Pahiatua community this weekend (3-5 Aug).
Jenny Firmin (rāranga teacher, nō Whanganui) and Hakui Ataneta Paewai will be teaching mothers to be and their whanau the wahakura waikawa style and will be accompanied by health and social service providers.
Wahakura is known as a traditional safe sleeping space for newborn babies that is hand-woven out of harakeke using the tradition of rāranga.
The wahakura is the first kaupapa Māori safe-sleeping device. It is a contemporary solution to help combat Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI), based on the customary practice of weaving harakeke. Read the full article blow.