Posts Tagged ‘rongoā’

Exploring Ngāi Tahu birthing traditions

University of Canterbury PhD student, Kelly Tikao will present a wānanga on her journey to date looking at traditional Māori birthing practices at Hui-ā-Iwi in Dunedin in November. Kelly (Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha) was this year’s recipient of both the Health Research Council PhD Māori Scholarship and the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre UC Māori…

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Mahinga kai documentary series launched

A lifestyle documentary series celebrating the stories and traditional food gathering practices of the iwi was launched in Christchurch last night. Ngāi Tahu Mahinga Kai is a 12-part online series offering a window into the lives of Ngāi Tahu whānau and their ancestors. Funded by New Zealand on Air and Te Māngai Pāhō, it has…

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He Aitaka a Tāne
Kānuka, a victim of mistaken identity

It is often difficult to tell the difference between some of our native plants, particularly closely related species. But, if ever there was a victim of mistaken identity, it has to be kānuka. Mention of its name in polite company often causes people’s eyes to glaze over vacantly. Most Kiwis are familiar with mānuka and assume you are either confused or your knowledge of te reo Māori is even worse than theirs.

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Garden to Plate

The Koukourarata māra kai spreads across two plateaus – one above the other – like a giant vegetable canopy. It is a place of peace, learning and harvest; and the principle of generosity underpins its existence – evident in the small roadside koha stand that sits under the shelter of a giant gum tree.

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