Matekino Lawless, Pūrea (detail). Photo: Anne Shirley.
Matekino has been weaving for over seventy years and continues to weave daily. She is a significant advocate for the legacy of raranga (weaving) traditions and has gained international acknowledgement and national recognition through being awarded the Queens Service Medal (QSM) and Creative NZ: Te Waka Toi’s Kingi Ihaka Art Award and Te Waka Toi Supreme Award, Te Tohu Aroha mo Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu. She was a founding member of Te Kāhui Whiritoi, established in 2006 to recognise individuals who have contributed at a national level to the retention and promotion of the Māori weaving arts.