In 2006 we found our piece of beachfront paradise at Maraenui in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. When checking out the shops in our new town of Opotiki I discovered a gallery-type shop and enquired about learning to weave. Next I was enrolling at Te Wananga o Aotearoa for the Raranga Programme. This course taught me about harakeke, but more than that, it took me on an enlightening and satisfying cultural journey. I worked among like-minded people who were always such an inspiration. I continue on with my passion, with a particular focus on muka (harakeke fibre). Like in any craft there is always something new to learn. I find plenty of inspiration from our beach setting and the raw materials that surround me here in the eastern bay. I really enjoy being able to share my knowledge and hope others will also be inspired.