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Master weavers oversee Holy Sepulchre tukutuku 
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The story of the coming of Christianity to Aotearoa will be told in a series of tukutuku panels being made for the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Auckland's Khyber Pass.

It's the inspiration of Māori Women's Welfare League past president Areta Koopu, who was made a Dame in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List.

She felt the space, while beautiful, was stern, so suggested the project to the bishop and vestry committee.

More than 20 women have got involved, with many taking the opportunity to learn the ancient craft.

"Because I spent most of my adulthood in Rotorua, I was able to sit at the knee of the masters and I thought the only people I can ask to come and see if I am on the right track has to be the master weavers from Rotorua, Tina Wirihana and her mother Matekino Lawless, so we've got the best here too," Dame Areta says.

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