Monday, August 15, 2011

Tahuri Whenua Hui-a-tau, AGM, Porangahau

Another great Tahuri Whenua hui, the National Vegetable Growers Collective going from strength to strength, this time spreading the word to Porangahau.

Kim taking a soil sample in her garden under the tutelage of Moana Puha.

I arrived on the Friday before with Uncle Jim Cunningham, one of our kaumatua. Hosted by Aramanu and Paora Ropiha, word was heard of 20 koura, and Aramanu baked a banana cake for morning tea. Okay, she had to bake another one (iced in the morning) bu7t these things have a way of disappearing...

Aramanu has of course been instrumental in establishing Aunty's Gardens, and she presented on that to us, including T-shirts, badges and bags.

The korero regarding Te Wheke begins with the three hearts of the Octopus, representing the foundation principles for Aunty’s Garden: Whakapapa, Tikanga/Manakitanga, Ohaoha. The eight kawai or tentacles represent the various dimensions a grower may choose to apply in relation to their whenua and produce: Mana ahua ake, Mauri, Aoturoa, Whanaungatanga, Hinengaro, Wairua, Whatumanawa, Ha, Taonga Tukuiho.

Hanui Lawrence, one of Auntys' Gardens stalwarts.

Me, Te Raetihi, Beach, Porangahau (I know the quality of the pix - genetic and temporal failings aside - failings seems lower than a year ago but I've started taking pix wqith my cheapo Smart-phone and kinda like the effects. Sorta low-res down on the rez...

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