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Taro is also an important variety brought from Polynesia. It is said that it was left here by Kupe for his daughters on the WairarapaCoast. These crop are best planted in Mahuru in wet, boggy, light filtered soil. There are … Continue reading

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Mahi i te Mahi

Whiringa-ā-nuku ( October November) E ngaki ana a mua, e tōtō mai ana a muri. First clear of the weeds, then plant. (If the first group do their work properly, those following can accomplish their task and everyone gets the … Continue reading

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slow food international teams up with twko

Shayna Bailey from Slow Food international recently visited Aotearoa and teamed up with Pounamu Skelton from Te Waka Kai Ora and Maui Hudson from Universitiy of Waikato on a recent Hikoi to visit local producers and Rongoa Clinics. A successful … 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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maramataka no uepohatu tuatahi

Nga Ra  nga Po o te Maramataka.   Etahi korero e paa ana ki nga ra me te po. Ko tenei wahanga, he wahanga mo te uru ki te Whare Maire. MUTUWHENUA. 1 Ko hemonga mea katoa, he po uriuri,he … Continue reading

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māori and mayan maize

Kuia Hanui Lawrence (Ngāti Kahungunu) was telling us  (Pounamu & Gretta) yesterday about the ways she has been taught to prepare maize. She is harvesting the last of her maize now, in May, having left it to harden on the … 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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