The Whānau Collective Story

Have you ever come across a Halo online somewhere and wondered exactly what it was? Well, I’m guessing you’ve found the answer to that question since you’ve found yourself here…wanting to make your own.


My macrame journey started during our first lockdown. I ordered a macrame DIY kit from a store here in NZ. I thought it would take me longer than it did, and I thought it’d be so much more difficult. It was so simple that I assumed it was something that everyone found easy LOL.


One thing led to another, and I decided to make a business out of it, but I wasn’t enjoying it. I was scrolling through Pinterest for inspiration and came across a Canadian lady making a macrame wall hanging in a hoop. I was intrigued!! I kept looking through all her work and decided to give it a go. The trouble was, I couldn’t find a tutorial ANYWHERE!!


Persistence won!! I figured it out and started creating pieces and loved everything I was creating. As much as I was enjoying it, it was quite right. There wasn’t anything meaningful about it. I started digging again. I started researching things that I thought would help me learn more about this style of macrame. And I found it!! It has Aztec roots!! A little more digging and I realised that some of the Aztec patterns were like Māori ones.


With that in mind, I started planning and preparing a new pattern that I hadn’t attempted before…Poutama. I worked out the math, designed and planned, and then created. It was everything I needed it to be and more. Poutama was the first and to this day, is the most popular.


And the rest is history…as they say.