Issue 79

Hei Mahi Māra
How to grow artichokes

The dark days and rain of winter are receding, with the extra light and warmth of spring starting to kick in. I love getting stuck into the māra at this time of year; getting it ready by clearing away the winter weeds, digging in the lupin cover crop, and fertilising the soil with dolomite lime and compost in anticipation of the food delights to come.

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Rob Tipa artfully weaves together mātauranga (knowledge) from an array of sources in Treasures of Tāne. He displays a true knack for research, with references from early settler records, Pākehā anthropologists’ observations of Māori life, and the scant (and therefore all the more precious) pieces of oral history some Ngāi Tahu whānau preserved through the past century.

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C.A.J. Williams is a Ngāi Tahu poet. These poems are taken from his second collection 50 Historical Footnotes, due to appear in 2019.

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He Tangata
Charisma Rangipunga

Charisma Rangipunga is the Chief Values Officer at Ngāi Tahu Holdings, and is also an author, composer, mother of three boys, and above all, a passionate advocate for the revitalisation of te reo Māori.

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