Close

Posts Tagged ‘Hei Mahi Māra’

Hei Mahi Māra
Recovery on track

Five years after the first big Canterbury earthquake of September 4 in 2010, I am still in recovery mode in the māra. Every time I think I have finally done the last piece of work around the place, something else in need of tidying up becomes obvious.

Read More

Hei Mahi Māra
Winter a time to recharge

Winter is providing a nice relief for us as we finally slow down after the hectic process of moving back into our new home.

Our new house is great but the section was devastated by the building process and we have had to carry out vigorous reorganisation and replanting. Fortunately, we remembered not to go overboard and plant a whole lot of trees and plants that will need constant pruning. Instead we focused on pongas and ferns to create a Poutini West Coast feel to the garden.

Read More

Hei Mahi Māra
The secret life of plants

A beginner’s guide to growing organic vegetables nā Tremane Barr Summer couldn’t come around soon enough for me this year as the warmth and new bloom of life helps me focus on the positive potential of the future. I can leave behind the nightmare years since September 2010 of earthquakes and EQC, insurance company, toxic…

Read More

Hei Mahi Māra
Toxic Spring

A beginner’s guide to growing organic vegetables nā Tremane Barr I believe all regional councils should come clean and tell the public what they do know about Hazardous Activities and Industries List (HAIL) properties in all regions, even if the information they have is imperfect. The news in May of this year that the soil…

Read More

Hei Mahi Māra
Toxic legacy

The winter storms have arrived earlier than expected this season of Matariki for me and my whānau. We have recently been informed that the soil on our property has been found to contain lead at levels well over the residential limit. The only reason we found out was because of the rebuild of our new home, where apparently some bright spark figured out they could be liable for the health and safety of the workers.

Read More

Hei Mahi Māra
Mātauranga Māori Māra Kai

I have been involved with the ‘Building Māori Organic Land Use Project’ with Te Atawhai o Te Ao, an independent Māori research organisation. The project focused on interviewing a wide range of Māori with experience in māra kai to identify the traditional mātauranga and kaitiakitanga basis to Māori organics.

Read More

Hei Mahi Māra
Return of the worms

The summer gardening season has been kind to us this year in the Shaky City, with cooler-than-normal temperatures and occasional rain helping stave off the need for the city council to impose a total water ban (so far).

Read More