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    About Aho

    About Aho

    Aho, in Te Reo, means a cord, a string or a line. It is the weft in the weaving, the thread of our genealogy, our descent and our descendants.​ 

    Aho is a creative studio that explores connections between whenua (lands), peoples, cultures, indigineity and hybridity. We create products that celebrate an indigenous Aotearoa identity and aesthetic. It's our vision to fuse art with form and function. To create taonga, that tell our stories and reflect our whakapapa, into our everyday lived environments. 

    Our Kaupapa

    Our Kaupapa

    We strive to keep whakapapa- the connections between people, environments and processes at the centre of our philosophy, which means for us, seeking out and employing processes, practices and materials that are sustainable and that ensures a better future for the people and the environments involved. 

    We believe that our lands, resources and culture belong not only to us, but to our tamariki (children), and theirs'. Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei  – For us and our children after us.

    Our Ethic

    Our Ethic

     As Kaitiaki (guardians) of this whenua, and planet, we've made a committment to working with sustainable, ethically sourced, organic and natural fibres. We work with a team in India who practice fair trade and who share our aspirations for tino-rangatiratanga (self determination) for themselves and their whānau. We're committed to understanding our business practices from a whakapapa-lens. Learning and recognising our connection to the things we use and consume, their origins, whenua (lands), maunga (mountains), iwi (people) and kaitiaki (guardians)

    Pānui + Rauemi

    • September 27, 2019 Some whakaaro on pūtea - and how and why we price as we do.
      Some whakaaro on pūtea - and how and why we price as we do. Some whakaaro on consumption, pricing and economic growth, and why we're attempting to build our business on kaupapa values, rather than mainstream business models.
    • September 27, 2019 Tuku mihi Free Printable Card
      Tuku mihi Free Printable Card

      'Kei te toka tū moana- mei kore ake koe?'

      Loosely interpreted, this card reads:
      ‘To the rock in the ocean who withstands storms-
      Where would I be without you?’

      This card is a free rauemi created in collaboration between Reo Māori Mai and Aho Creative- two Kāi Tahu whanaunga who have dreams of weaving reo, design and te ao Māori into everyday whānau life, in fun, practical and beautiful ways. Just head over to our website 'Rauemi/Resources' Page and download the files to print.
    • May 20, 2016 'Mā te Rā' - A free, printable handlettered karakia
      'Mā te Rā' - A free, printable handlettered karakia

      Mā te Rā- A karakia for integrating into everyday life. Creating tikanga or ritual that is woven into the fabric and philosophy life.