A 3-month-old baby with her face buried in a pillow. A 5-week-old lying on his tummy with cannabis in his system. A 4-month-old trapped down the side of a couch with his sibling partially on top of him. A 9-month-old with its neck caught in the band of a sleep tent.
Born in Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty, Lisa grew up in Kawerau, Matatā and in her teenage years Mataura, Southland. First learning to weave in 1987, starting with taniko Lisa then naturally progressing to weaving kete, whāriki, rapaki, maro, piupiu, and tukutuku.
As a Polynesian woman, Telesia Amosa, understands that her people love to co-sleep with their pēpi and tamariki. “Historically, the structure of our fāle (whare/house) tells us we’ve been doing this for many years,” says Telesia.