Te Arawa, Tūwharetoa, Tūhourangi, Ngāti Wahiao & Ngāti Umutahi
Edna is Tumu - Te Rito (head of the NZMACI Weaving School), ensuring the time-honoured art form of raranga (weaving) lives on for the next generation.
“I’m dedicated to the art of weaving because it’s a strong link to my past. Over time, weaving has turned from a necessity, to a love, to a passion - I’m paying back what I’ve been given from this lifelong legacy.”
Her mother, Emily Schuster QSM, OBE (tumu raranga - head of weaving) established the original weaving school, teaching till she passed away in 1997. Emily’s knowledge and love of weaving was passed down to her twin daughters, Dawn and Edna, two of seven children. Dawn was head of Te Rito until she passed away in 2002 and today Te Rito is led by Edna.
Driven to nurture, preserve and further develop the techniques of raranga, whatu and taniko in traditional and modern contexts, Edna looks forward to the continued success and development of Māori weavers.
She has travelled around the world with NZMACI, Toi Māori Aotearoa (National Weavers Group), Te Papa and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade leading weaving exhibitions, seminars, lectures and sharing knowledge with other indigenous cultures.