Mrs Ranui Ngarimu (Ngāi Tahu/Ngāti Mutungā) is a weaver specialising in the repair, restoration, and replication of customary Māori garments. Ranui has led many individual weaving projects that include gifts for the Royal family, the New Zealand Olympic Flag Bearer’s cloak, a kākahu for the Mayor and City of San Francisco, co-ordinating weavers from across the nation to weave 800 kete for the World Heritage conference held in Christchurch in 2007, and the weaving and carving project for Scott Base Antarctica.
She was the Arotahi Matua (Senior Advisor) to Sir Mark Solomon (Chair) of Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu, and has exhibited nationally and internationally, with her work held in many public institutions. Together with sister Miriama Evans, she authored The Eternal Thread, Te Aho Mutunga Kore: The Art of Maori Weaving, a major survey of the practice and values of Māori customary weaving practice. She is co-PI (with Ms Donna Campbell and Dr Catherine Smith) of a Te Apārangi Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund project ‘Whakaarahia anō te rā kaihau! Raise up again the billowing sail! Revitalising cultural knowledge through analysis of Te Rā, the Māori sail’.
Mrs Ngarimu was recently awarded a Creative New Zealand Ngā Tohu ā Tā Kingi Ihaka – Sir Kingi Ihaka|Award recognising lifetime contribution to strengthening Māori art and culture.