Crochet Extraordinaires Lissy and Rudi are on a mission for connection, using one loop at a time to connect with each other and their communities. Their current and largest project to date is Wharenui Harikoa, an art piece that presents luminous fluorescent crochet and carved pou attached to an aluminium frame, set to unveil later this year on the 1st of December at the Waikato Museum. 

Photography: Hōhua Ropate Kurene
Pictured: Lissy Robinson-Cole and Rudi Robinson-Cole

Matariki gives us the space to really reflect and remember

For us, just being aware of Matariki is so important, it gives us the opportunity to take time off to reset, rest and give ourselves space to absorb what’s been happening to us and what we’ve done. It’s time for creating room for bigger dreams and opportunities.

Photography: Sam Evans
Pictured: Lissy, Rudi and whānau at the Wharenui Harikoa wānanga 2021

Enjoying the simple things with whanau is the best part

Being with whānau and friends, sharing kai and precious time is everything for us as this time we have on earth is very fleeting, it can be over in the blink of an eye.

We really love the act of exchange, something that families and friends can all participate in. Matariki is time where we can all just come together and be with each other, that’s the thing we look forward to most.

Photography: Jane Ussher
Pictured: Rudi Robinson-Cole, Lissy Robinson-Cole and Christian Cole (Grandson)

The Wharenui Harikoa holds all our stories of Matariki

Inside the wharenui are all the nine whetū shown in our very unique way.

The stories within all the heke (ribs of the wharenui) are based on just looking up to the stars. Standing in the wharenui is like being encased in a big giant blanket that reminds you of a hug from your nanny.

Matariki is all about forecasting the year ahead, and our tūpuna used the stars to forecast what will be happening in the upcoming year. It’s a time for people to set intentions in their own life, to think about or reflect upon the last year and to also dream about what they want to see in the upcoming year.

Photography: Sam Hartnett
Pictured: WaitāUrurangi and Tupuāngi

There are so many resources and ways to celebrate

Dr Rangi Mātāmua has produced lots of resources regarding Matariki and the Maramataka where people can go and support the kaupapa by purchasing any of his resources at 'Living by the stars'.

We want to acknowledge that Matariki is understood and celebrated differently by different IwiThe mātauranga imbued in the wharenui is mostly represented through Dr Rangi Mātāmua and the mahi he has contributed and shared with us all. We recognise the story we are telling is from Tūhoe, each iwi shares their own stories about Matariki and Puanga. 

Photography: Nick Taylor
Pictured: Wharenui Harikoa

Experience Wharenui Harikoa through Lissy & Rudi's downloadable app.
Users can virtually check out all aspects of Wharenui Harikoa in 3D, telling the story of how each one relates to the stars and walk through the whare through AR. Check out the app for yourself and keep an eye out for the public unveiling of their Wharenui Harikoa on the 1st of December at the Waikato Museum.