Puanga kai rau. ka hua ai ngā pua, koia ko puanga. =
an abundance of food at puanga, when the blossoms become fruit, that is puanga.
Matariki ahunga nui
Nau mai, haere mai ki tō tātou whare : welcome to a free talk at Wellington Central Library
Fred Allen : Matariki Celebration of Rongoā Māori and Native Plant Remedies
Date: Wednesday 22 June
Time: 12.30 pm
Place: Central Library Second Floor, near newspapers – (the library book sale is taking place Ground fFoor).
Fred Allen will present his thoughts on Rongoā Māori and native plant remedies within traditional and contemporary paradigms, and subsequent contemporary medicinal developments.
Fred Allen is a Rongoā Māori practitioner, New Zealand native herbal medicinal product manufacturer and specialist New Zealand native plant horticulturist. Fred has participated in the NZ Health and Wellness Industry for over 30 years and has invested in development of personal specialist expertise in native flora, NZ biodiversity, ethno-botany, phytochemistry and therapeutics of NZ endemic and indigenous herbal medicine. He identifies and separates his work within both Māori and Western paradigms. He was invited by the South Korean Government to represent New Zealand at the World Traditional Medicine Expo during 2011.
Fred is of Te Atiawa descent, his rohe is Te Whanganui-a-Tara, and he is Managing Director of www.kiwiplants.co.nz and www.kiwiherbs.com
This is the third week of our Whanake Taiao series of talks about Environmental Sustainability, held here at Wellington Central Library to celebrate Matariki. This week’s talk is all about bees and fruit trees!
Sarah Adams and Cenna Lloyd : urban agriculture and beekeeping.
Sarah Adams describes the growing of fruit trees within our city boundaries: there is further information on the WCC website. Cenna Lloyd will describe beekeeping tips for the city, and there is more info available on how to Bee Friendly in Wellington here.
Bus stop in Khandallah portraying the Bee Friendly city
Urban agriculture and beekeeping talk at WCL:
Date: this Wednesday 15 June
Time: 12.30 pm
Place: Second Floor, Central Library (near newspapers).
Come along and learn!
This week, our Whanake Taiao series continues! To celebrate Matariki this June, Wellington City Libraries is holding a series of talks on Environmental Sustainability.
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
• 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!