Issue 76

Mahi Māra Summer
Bugs, herbs and health

Summer is a great time to relax in the māra enjoying the fruits of one’s mahi, and leaving the worries of the world behind. In this issue, I discuss recent research showing an insect Armageddon (Insectageddon) in progress, primarily driven by massive pesticide use. On a positive note, lemongrass is a great herb to grow that can naturally help relieve feelings of worry and stress. Unfortunately, the herb most successful at relieving stress, Cannabis sativa, is still not currently able to be grown legally. However, there is some light at the end of a very smoky tunnel for this king of all herbs.

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The book covers the events of the exile of Tāwhiao, the second Māori King, following the final defeat of the Land Wars at Ōrākau, when the King and his supporters were forced into armed isolation, and operated for 20 years as an independent state. The narrative maintains a central focus on the actions of Tāwhiao and the Kīngitanga, whilst weaving in the other related historical figures and events of the time.

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He Tangata
Corri Ackerman

Corri Ackerman was born in Hawke’s Bay and raised on Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū (Banks Peninsula). She attended Te Waipounamu Māori Girls’ College for three years and then at age 17 went tipi-haere; over the next 10 years she moved to Te Tai Tokerau, Wellington, Auckland, back to Te Tai Tokerau, Australia and finally did a tiny stint in the Middle East. Throughout this time she returned regularly to Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū to work the Akaroa tourist season and stoke the home fires. It was while she was in the Middle East she felt a deep and aching pull from tūpuna to return home and mahia te mahi (do the work).

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