Head girl of Rotorua Girls’ High School, Te Ririu Williams has the opportunity to exhibit her work at the Tiki Āhua fashion show with some of the country's best Māori fashion designers.
“On the night it will be pretty overwhelming because my work will be up with some top designers. It’s been a lot of weekends taken away and time preparing,” said Williams.
The accessories she will be showcasing on the catwalk are a pākē and a tātua attached to a maro – both weaved out of harakeke flax. Williams said incorporating raranga (weaving) into everyday life and fashion was a passion and goal of hers. In the future she aims to teach other raranga so the traditional skills developed by her ancestors can be passed on and not lost.