Our vision is to ensure that the mauri (essence) of our native foods of our rich flora and fauna remain intact and that the integrity of our taonga is maintained for future generations.TWKO was established in 2001 as an incorporated society and has sought the following goals:
Korero atu – promoting chemical-free production systems to Maori land owners
Tautoko – supporting Maori farmers and growers
Whakawhanaungatanga – building a strong network of Maori farmers and growers
Wananga – traditional farming systems, organic production systems, sustainable resource development including energy and housing, climate change mitigation
Matauranga – education to train our people in traditional agricultural tikanga and kawa and systems for indigenous Maori branding of our kai.
Kaitiakitanga – Preservation and protection of traditional kai species and promotion of traditional diet for health of our people.
TWKO is developing a number of projects to promote resiliency, whänau ora and sustainable livelihoods that are grounded in Tikanga Maori.
This community-based focus is essential to developing an ethical framework and long term vision for Maori economy.