Whanake Taiao: Dr Jessica Hutchings

This week, our Whanake Taiao series continues! To celebrate Matariki this June, Wellington City Libraries is holding a series of talks on Environmental Sustainability.

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This Wednesday 8th of June, you can hear Dr Jessica Hutchings speak about Hua parakore: kaupapa Māori food sovereignty: including soil health and composting.

“Dr. Jessica Hutchings, is from the tribe of Ngai Tahu and is also of Gujarati, India descent. Dr Hutchings is an academic, kaupapa Māori researcher and a Hua Parakore grower. Dr. Hutchings is actively involved with Te Waka Kai Ora (the National Maori Organics Authority) as a grower; a lead researcher on a three-year research project to develop a tikanga based indigenous verification and validation system for food and agriculture – called Hua Parakore…” (Food Matters conference profile).

Jessica’s recently published book Te mahi māra : hua parakore – a Māori food sovereignty handbook gives an in-depth guide to organic gardening, and has chapters on:
• Māori World View
• Oneone = soil
• Mahi Pūwairākau – composting
• Pūwairākau toke = worm composting
• Designing and setting up your māra
• Hua rākau – home or community orchard
• Maramataka
• Animals – hens, ducks, bees, house cow
and also contains 11 recipe cards.

You can hear more about Jessica here and also here and, of course, we have her Māori food sovereignty handbook available here at the library:

Te mahi māra hua parakore : a Māori food sovereignty handbook / nā Jessica Hutchings.
“Jessica Hutchings (hua parakore gardener, activist, academic and certified Te Waka Kai Ora grower) explains the political implications of the decisions that we make about growing and eating kai. She encourages us to take control over the food security of our whanau, providing practical advice on how to grow kai in accordance with the kaupapa of hua parakore, inspiring us with stories of hua parakore heroes and reassuring us that becoming a hua parakore gardener is a journey that anyone can embark on.” (Syndetics summary)

Dr Hutchings’ talk will be held at Wellington Central Library this Wednesday 8th of June at 12.30 – we’ll see you there!