WHAKAPAPA New Zealand Design Recycled Mat, Red & Black

1.8m Diameter


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The Whakapapa New Zealand design recycled mat in bold red and black evokes images of ancestral connectedness. Use this eye-catching mat design as a talking space, eating space or meeting space in your home, classroom or cultural centre.

Michelle Walters is the New Zealand contemporary artist who created Whakapapa for Recycled Mats. In Maori tradition, your whakapapa is at the core of who you are and how you make sense of your place in the world. It’s the genealogy joining your iwi, your hapu and your tribe – all interconnected divisions of a Maori community. We may be connected to our ancestors by blood ties or via social, economic or religious bonds. Understanding the influences our ancestry has on our lives helps us celebrate our culture and be appreciative of other cultural spaces.

Like all the lightweight, stylish Maori mats on offer at Recycled Mats, the Whakapapa mat is comfortable and easy to clean. Made from 95% recycled plastics, such as car tyres and PET bottles, you can fold it up for transportation and storage, and it wipes clean easily for indoor or outdoor use. Pair it with a comfy cushion in one of our unique multicultural designs to relax in the sun! 

Whakapapa is a striking design, ideal for generating discussion in your early learning centre or classroom. Children can enjoy tracing the lines of the image and coming up with interpretations of this evocative symbolism. Buy one mat, or choose from our great value mat packages to bring diversity education into every room of your school or kindy. 

For the home or any community space, Whakapapa is a celebration of family and ancestral connections. In the office, it’s a unique talking point design with an on-trend multicultural vibe.  

Choose a Whakapapa New Zealand design recycled mat in vibrant red and black to celebrate culture every day while you work, rest and play.

Name of design: Whakapapa

Origin of design: New Zealand 

Artist: Michelle Walters

Origin of artist: New Zealand Maori

Shape: Round

Size: 1.8m

Colours: Red & black. *Also available in the following colour options – white & black

Note: These mats are reversible. Photos show both sides of the same mat. Mat colours may differ slightly from the images shown due to the different inks used in individual print runs.  

Care Instructions: All our floor mats have been made to the best attainable standards from UV treated recycled polypropylene. Follow our guide to mat maintenance for cleaning and storage instructions. Our floor mats and playmats are suitable for indoor and outdoor use, but extensive exposure to sun or rain will lead to fading and deterioration over time. 


*More information can be found about all of our artists on our artist's blog.

Suitable uses:

  • Playmat in childcare centres and kindies
  • Library 'storytelling' rugs
  • Spread it on the floor to catch paint spills while the kids are having fun
  • Use it during school or family outings
  • Sporting occasions
  • Family reunions
  • Perfect for the beach – sand just washes or shakes off
  • Perfect for picnics in the park
  • High traffic areas
  • Brighten a classroom or kid's playroom
  • Cover an old non-usable concrete spot and bring new life to the area
  • Define a play space for children
  • BBQ areas
  • Camping
  • Dog grooming shows
  • Market stalls
  • Lounge room floors or hall runners
  • Cultural wall art
  • Wedding or other ceremonial mats
  • Going bush

Mat weight's guide:

Size Measurements Weight
XXXL 6 x 2.4m 6.5 kg
XXL 4 x 2.4m 4 kg
XL 3 x 3m 3.6 kg
Large 2.7 x 2.7m 3.4 kg
Medium 2.7 x 1.8m 2.4 kg
Family size 2.1 x 1.5m 2 kg
Small 1.8 x 0.9m 0.9 kg
Square 1.8 x 1.8m 2 kg
Runners 2.7 x 0.9m 1.1 kg
Round XL 3m 3.5 kg
Round L 2.7m 3 kg
Round M 2.4m 2.2 kg
Round S 1.8m 2 kg
Door Mats 70cm x 45cm approx 1 kg


Barcode # 797776542147
Shipping Weight 2.0000kg

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By: on 6 November 2016
We've used these at our childcare centre - very light, shake off or mop over, very pleasant to sit on - recommend indoor or outdoors

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