This year is a significant one for the Kīngitanga, the movement, borne out of colonial oppression, marks its 160th anniversary.

A number of events are planned to mark the milestone including a feast that's inspired by feasts held in 1858, right down to the serving ware.

With that, the women of Waikato have been getting down to business to do their part in weaving 4000 kono (food baskets) to feed the people who'll attend the festivities.

Just in the past two weeks, they've already woven around 3000 kono.

Festivities next week are set to commemorate the accession of King Pōtatau Te Wherowhero 160 years ago.