"We believe transition to net+ interactions with the environment begins at home and within our local communities. We're working on several projects that focus on knowledge sharing, growing and planting. While learning the impacts of viruses on our local biodiversity. "
NATIVE PLANT RESEARCH:
MEDICINAL | FOOD | FIBRE
COMMUNITY RONGOA FOREST
We have a concept design for an urban Community Rongoa Forest. Rongoa is ancestral Māori knowledge of the medicinal properties of the native trees and plants.
Our forest will be QR coded with information about the trees and plants from a matauranga (knowledge) Māori perspective.
Understanding the ngahere (forest) as a healer we will be creating workshops and inviting local schools to come and share the knowledge of our tupuna.
Our aim is to establish local community ngahere heritage centres, learning about our reciprocal relationships with the forest and how this is beneficial for our health, medicinal, water and food systems.
TE MUKA TAURA
Documenting research of native plant and tree fibres and materials to dye Harakeke fibres naturally.
Planting and growing native trees specific to this process on Iwi whenua
Our project partners are COCA Massey Textiles & Ngati Tukorehe.
RARANGA RERENGA RAUROPI
This project was the start of our community art projects based in the Whau district of Tamaki makaurau (Auckland) Aotearoa (New Zealand).
The concept was inspired by 3 Matauranga Māori concepts Māramatanga (enlightenment), Kaitiakitanga (guardianship) & Manākitanga (respect). We collaborated with community gardens to explore these concepts in practical applications on the whenua (land) Raranga Rerenga Rauropi.
This project was the first iteration and inspiration for the Community Rongoā Forest
This project was supported by Whau Local Board.