Issue 69 - Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Issue 69

He Aitaka a Tāne
Wharariki easily mistaken for versatile cousin

Although they are widely known as flaxes, wharariki and harakeke are actually lilies. The two species are usually found in different environments, but do cross-breed and hybridise. Horticulturists have bred many coloured ornamental forms that are widely used in landscaping, and some well-known cultivars used by weavers are hybrids.

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Hei Mahi Māra
Biologically intensive gardening

During Waitangi weekend I was fortunate enough to attend a two-day workshop in Christchurch entitled the “Six Figure Farming NZ Tour”. Two Canadian micro-market gardeners shared their stories and skills on how to successfully run two very different yet very profitable small-scale organic vegetable growing operations. The term “Six Figure Farming” comes from their realisation that it’s possible to make more than $100,000 per acre in gross income with a general profit margin of around 40–60%.

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It is very fitting that this review appears in TE KARAKA, because of the connection between Te Whiti and his followers, and their enforced presence in our rohe. It’s some time since I’d read Dick Scott’s Ask That Mountain, so Danny Keenan’s book is a welcome refresher. It is a readable, inspiring, but ultimately sad tale about power and injustice.

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He Tangata
Tihou Weepu

In 2015 Tihou was the recipient of the Vodafone World of Difference Scholarship, which awarded him $100,000 to put towards the creation of a rangatahi kaupapa now known as Tuia Te Tai Poutini. He is employed by WestREAP (Rural Education Activities Programme) as a Kaitautoko Rangatahi. His role is to co-facilitate leadership wānanga, and develop new and innovative ways to help rangatahi build a connection to people and place.

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