Join fabric artist Ron Te Kawa for a free workshop as part of the exhibition, Hīnātore. 

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 with simple sewing techniques. 

This workshop is free to attend and will take approximately two hours.  The activity is suitable for people with some sewing skills and children must be accompanied by an adult. There is no need to register in advance.

This workshop series is supported by Bernina, Laminex and Melteca.



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.

Ron Te Kawa flag making workshop, CoCA, 2021. Photographer: Aaron Kale