Pakohe stone carving

Pakohe

The image we chose to represent our name and aims is an interpretation of a pakohe stone carving created by a local Whanganui tohunga (expert) in the art of stone and bone carving.  To us it represents a famous Whanganui saying:-

“E rere kau mai te awa nui, mai i te Kahui maunga ki Tangaroa,
Ko Au te awa, Ko Te Awa ko au.

Our Mighty River flows from the Majestic Mountains to the Raging sea.
I am that river and the River is me.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Journey

We have much pleasure in bringing to you our range of handmade 100% New Zealand harakeke (flax) paper.

In 2010, as a result of increasing interest and support, we decided to take our flax papermaking out of the '“hobby field' and launched Pakohe Enterprises and Pakohe Papers. It had been a long journey (almost 12 years) to get to this stage and the months leading up to the launch were fraught with all the administrative paraphernalia of writing business and marketing plans, researching and agonising over colours, weights, names and projected sales. However we made it and will now be able to produce this distinctive product to meet the growing demand.

Unique

Our papers are unique.  Although we had previously made twenty two different papers we decided to concentrate on the six that have proved the most popular. They are handmade from 100% New Zealand flax fibres and in order to keep it as natural as we can a decision was made not to include sizing in our range which effectively makes our paper waterleaf. The papers are still perfectly suitable for photocopying and/or ink jet and laser printing of certificates, invitations, letters, documents, fine art printmaking i.e. woodcuts, etching and drypoints, pastel work, sketching and an infinite range of crafts including lampshades, book binding, box making - in fact anything that requires a genuine New Zealand flavour.  The full range of papers are available in A4, A3, 500mm x 700mm and 1000 x 700mm.

Sustainability and the Environment

Pakohe Papers is a family based ‘cottage industry’. In a venture such as ours respect for the environment and the use and management of harakeke, one of our most treasured resources, is paramount. We consult and work co-operatively with local traditional weavers and use only the flax that they cannot use to make our paper. Together our aim is to ensure that the harakeke plants that provide our raw material are managed in a way that will ensure its availability for future generations.

Our Name

Pakohe (pronounced par-kor-hé), is a dark grey/black (argillite) stone found in the Whanganui River renowned for its properties of hardness, strength and durability. Early Maori communities recognised the superior qualities of the stone with its ability to hold a sharpened edge, ideal for making adzes and other tools. Pakohe has the same properties as flint and obsidian (volcanic glass) and provided a source of razor-sharp flakes that had many uses including flax work. The superior qualities Pakohe is known for is the reason why we chose it as our business name. It inspires and reminds us of our obligation to produce paper of a consistently high quality.

Discover Harakeke Quality

If you have any questions or would like to place an order for harakeke paper please do not hesitate to contact us.  We would be honoured to have you as a customer.