Category Archives: Establishing a garden

An easy guide to starting a Kai garden

Te Reka o te Kai – Kai Atua

Te Reka o te Kai- Kai Atua publication will be launch during the Hikoi ki te Motu tour in 12 regions starting 9th September in Kaikohe. This guide has been compiled by Te Waka Kai Ora to introduce whanau to … Continue reading

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kunekune a gardeners friend

Kunekune pigs are a gardeners friend when it comes to preparing the garden for planting. Kunekunes love rooting up the roots of plants which in turn prepares the ground for planting. The Kunekune pigs happily do their job by eating … Continue reading

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hongongoi july whats in the garden?

    Maori new year begins Matariki has been observed & Plans made  and Karakia Whakamoemiti Whakawhetai add to the spiritual connection to nga Atua signify the connection to all of the natural world.   Start to prepare  your garden, dig … Continue reading

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how do you stop your peruperu cross-pollinating?

Yes, there’s lots of theories about that.  One of the theories that we heard is that the uenuku which is the neutraliser so you plant the uenuku between the other varieties.  They say there’s more risk of cross-pollination if they … Continue reading

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what happens in june

A period of Wananga, Waiata, and resting. Preparation, and observation of Matariki for the new Maori calendar. Assessment of crops planted and stored. Planing and Wananga, Soil testing, garden rotation if needed. Plan new year. Check and sharpen tools. Na … Continue reading

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getting started

I guess because our garden, our maara isn’t virgin as such, it’s been used before, but generally what we would do is we would start looking at doing a plan of where we’re going to be planting and what we’re … Continue reading

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traditional kai

The word Whenua does not only mean Land but also the placenta where the pepi is nutured during haputanga (pregnancy) Maori have always considered Papatuanuku as their Mother. Therefore Papatuanauku is considered the giver of life. . “From the soil, … Continue reading

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karakia

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