He Tangata
Rata Pryor Rodgers

Rata Pryor Rodgers grew up in Paekākāriki on the Kāpiti Coast. Much of her early life was spent with family and friends down at the beach, swimming, fishing, and diving. It was this long-standing connection with the sea that inspired her to complete her Master of Science in Marine Biology at Victoria University in Wellington.

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The Waimakariri is one of the largest rivers in North Canterbury. Flowing in a generally south-eastward direction from Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana (Southern Alps), the name Waimakariri refers to the makariri (cold) mountain-fed waters.

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He Aitaka a Tāne
Pātōtara – The perfect sweet treat

There are not that many native New Zealand plants that produce a sweet and tasty fruit that you can pick and eat straight off the plant.
Pātōtara, a prickly low-growing shrub, is one of the few. Its juicy yellow/orange berries that ripen in summer and early autumn were once a popular sweet treat for Māori and Pākehā children, in the days before they could buy confectionery from the corner dairy.

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Ngā Hau e Whā
From the Editor

On flicking through the pages of this issue for the first time, what initially struck me was the important and varied role marae continue to play for whānau and their local communities – the beating heart. Nowhere has this been more apparent in recent times than Takahanga Marae in Kaikōura – the extraordinary effort of…

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