about RIWA

Harakeke Artist & Kaiako

Maria "RIWA" Wawatai is a New Zealand artist, from painting to weaving, and loads in between, her forte being Toi Maori Raranga (Maori Art of Weaving).



winner of the AST

Dr Diggeress Te Kanawa

Memorial Award

about our TEAM



 Kia Ora (Hello) It is with great pleasure to have woven your Wahakura Rīwā ... and help support your pēpe (baby) in safe sleeping.


 I am proud to be part of the team to create your wahakura.  I love weaving Wahakura Rīwā and am passionate about supporting your baby to sleep safely with you.  I hope you get a lot of enjoyment from your Wahakura Rīwā, and it has a long life with you and your whānau!


 Kia ora, I have been weaving for some years and have a great passion for it. When I heard about the weaving class for wahakura with Riwa, I hopped on board to learn at her wānanga, and enjoyed everything about the Wahakura Rīwā.


It took a while to get the technical aspect of it, but am now enjoying weaving with the other girls who are in this rōpū.


Kia ora! In 2019 I graduated with a Level 5 Diploma in Raranga at Te Wananga O Aotearoa in Hastings under the tutelage of Karmen Thomson. I also attended one of Riwa Wawatai’s wānanga Wahakura Rīwā and had the honour of being invited to be part of her team.


As a relatively new weaver it is a privilege for me to be creating wahakura for newborn tamariki. We often wonder what kind of baby will be sleeping in the Wahakura Rīwā we’re currently working on.


I hope you and your pēpe enjoy using the Wahakura Rīwā as much as I enjoyed making it, and sleep safe and secure.


I attended on of Riwa Wawatai's 8 week basic weaving classes a year ago and then a Wahakura Rīwā weekend wānanga. It was after that class I was invited to be part of this team of weavers.

Since I am a new weaver, I feel very blessed to be creating wahakura for newborn babies.

I enjoy weaving Wahakura Rīwā. I am proud to be part of the team that has made your baby's Wahakura Rīwā. Safe Sleeping!


Info to come

art by RIWA Ltd

Riwa Wawatai
Napier, New Zealand

Phone: +64 22 487 7492

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