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Cabal is my word for a way of working together. It is an wholistic space for collaboration with each other and the life streams we are part of. The Cabal ethos rests in the subtle arts of relatedness. For over 20 years, this philosophy has guided my approach to art, design and construction, within very diverse project teams, contexts and mediums.

This ‘deep collaboration’ is an art form of communication and interdependency as we sculpt, weave, design and construct processes for restorative built environments. I treat each creative project is an opportunity to explore with others, finding simple practical tools and processes that we can put into action to help realise our ideals for transformation and regeneration in our communities. Cabal

asks, “what is needed here?” “What are the optimum conditions for wholistic


Cabal is a call to the nourishment of love, life and the restoring of beauty.


the protective cloak of which we are all part
woven in the spirit of shared guardianship of Mount Taranaki

    ‘Kaitiaki is a work built by Caroline Robinson with advice and support from key Taranaki māori leaders Te Huirangi Waikerepuru and Te Miringa Hohaia to mark the centenary of the National Park, Mt Taranaki. The work reflects spiritual values held by the tangata whenua used to convey a contemporary interpretation of the Mt Taranaki environment and the principles of protection toward this. It was built with the help of many enthusiastic local hands under the direction of Caroline.’
    Te Miringa Hohaia, Taranaki Iwi

This sculptural cloak is woven from supplejack vine, collected from the ngahere (forest) on the slopes of the mountain. The preparation of the vines took place with the help of many, and later the weaving of this cloak was initiated as part of a dawn ceremony held at the opening of the refurbished visitor centre. This made a ritual of the creation of this cloak, a simple process of remembering our deep relatedness within the land.


North Egmont Visitors Centre, Mount Taranaki

Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai

Caroline Robinson with assistance from Te Huirangi Waikerepuru, Te Miringa Hohaia, Ngaahina Hohaia, Hine Kaa,
students of WITT Polytechnic and members of the local community

4.5m x 4.0m

supplejack vines, copper wire, greened copper shim

Photos: John Crawford (above) and Caroline Robinson (below)


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