Matua Thomas talked to us about harakeke and told us that we can only cut the oldest pieces of flax away. We have to leave the baby, the mum and the dad until the plant has grown some more.
We went on an adventure to the harakeke plants by our school pool. Matua Thomas showed us how he cuts the harakeke away from the plant. Thomas was lucky enough to carry four big leaves back to Room One.
When we got back to Room One Matua Thomas talked to us about how to prepare the flax so we could plait it. He also told us the two important rules when using harakeke
- never put your hands near your mouth after you touch flax and never put the flax in your mouth
- never step over harakeke, always walk around it.
Matua Thomas taught us how to plait the harakeke. We came back to our classroom and made some ropes out of it. We are going to use these ropes as part of our art work about Maui and the Sun.