Building Māori kai and soil resilient communities through knowledge

Haere mai ki te wānanga He Whenua Rongo.

National Māori Kai and Soil resiliency wānanga.

Tena koutou kātoa e ngā mātā waka o te motu, nei rā te karanga a Te Waka Kai Ora kia koutou kia huihui tahi ai tātou mā runga ipurangi hei te 11 & 12 ō Mei 2022

What is He Whenua Rongo?

He Whenua Rongo is a research project on Māori food systems, including aspects of resilience, sustainability, and kaupapa Māori approaches to soil and kai stewardship.

The rangahau involves:

a workshop for kāwanatanga agencies to better understand and support Māori kai and soil resilience aspirations and to support better cohesion between their agencies.

20 key informant interviews with mātanga Māori regarding Māori kai and soil stewardship and resilience.

provide insights into approaches to Māori food resilience and sustainability

Identify barriers, enablers and potential pathways to activate Māori food resilience and sustainability, including potential actions by a range of food system participants (e.g. Hapū, Iwi, Rangatahi, Māori agribusiness, and central and local government).

He Whenua Rongo is an open wānanga where we will hear from a diverse range of kai producers and explore the future of sustainable practices inspired by our tupuna.

He Whenua Rongo is a movement, a call to all to come together and learn about Kai and Soil resiliency and what it means to practice Hua Para Kore organic principals grounded in tikanga Māori.

He Whenua Rongo - Kai and Soil Resiliency Online Wānanga 11th-12th Mei

Ngā Kaupapa kōrero:  Themes for the Wānanga include: 

Kai and Soil Resiliency through Hua Parakore

The ongoing depletion of topsoil due to use of pesticides, herbicides and industrial farming methods in Aotearoa is at a critical point. This session will present the experience of three Hua Parakore practitioners who are growing kai with Hua Parakore tikanga that revitalises not depletes soil and restores thriving Indigenous food communities.

Reclaiming Māori Kai Security

Māori kai resiliency is at crisis level with climate change, Covid-19, and escalating cost of living disrupting food distribution and prices. This panel explores solutions and opportunities to boost Māori kai and soil security in these volatile times.

Why Commercial Hua Parakore Makes Sense 

Three Hua Parakore enterprises explain why Hua Parakore is good for business, and best practice for success.

Tēnei Te Tira Hou: Rangatahi empowerment in the Māori Kai & Soil Sovereignty space

Integral to the long-term sustainability of any kaupapa is meaningful intergenerational succession. This session will explore the experiences of rangatahi within this space and what rangatahi empowerment for sustainable outcomes can look like.

Māori urban food security

Urban food farming has been on the increase in recent decades, emerging out of increased poverty and food insecurity in Aotearoa, and the desire for communities to have access to fresh, nutrient dense kai. Our speakers share the visions of their communities and how their mahi maara projects have empowered whānau and hapori. 

Mana Maara, Mana Reo, Mana Whenua: Mahi Māra and Te Reo Revitalisation

 Arā noa atu ngā wāhi me ngā horopaki e taea ana te whakarauora i te reo Māori. Ko te mahinga kai tērā. Ko te māra kai tērā. He aha ētahi rautaki kua whakarewahia ki ngā māra o ngā motu, ko te reo Māori te hua?

He Aroha whakatō He Aroha Puta mai.

If you sow aroha, you reap aroha.

What happens next 

Have you registered for the online Wānanga yet?  Recordings will be available.  Register today

From the project we will produce a Kaupapa Māori research report, He Whenua Rongo, that will be freely available on-line in July 2022. 

Stay connected to the latest announcements here

Soil and Kai Emergency in Aotearoa -Māori solutions

Dr Jessica Hutchings speaks to Matt Tutaki on Radio Waatea about the national kai and soil emergency that we are facing only 60 harvest left in the world due to decades of faming and globalisation. Time for communities to take the power back and how we want to regenerate our soils. 

As food becomes more expensive then it's time to change. Impacts of colonisation has been the degradation of our soils and destruction of our cultural food system. During He Whenua Rongo Wānanga we want to build diverse Māori economies in the food system across Aotearoa and how we can feeds lots of whanau. 
Creating pathways for whanau based on mana motuhake and "Make soil and Kai sexy why wouldnt we" according to Matt Tutak.
Whakarongo mai whanau to the interview. 

Radio Waatea interview

May 4, 2022, 12:47 p.m.

He Whenua Rongo is a national online wānanga where we can hear from a diverse range of Māori kai growers and producers explore the future of sustainable practices inspired by our tūpuna. Lahni Wharerau, National Coordinator for Te Waka Kai Ora says the free online wānanga will be held on 11 & 12 May allowing people from anywhere to link in and encouraging whānau to register giving access to all the kōrero following the wānanga. This wānanga will feature guest speakers Mike Smith to talk about the environment and climate issues and Jessica Hutchings from Papawhakaritorito Trust to discuss national kai and soil resilience through Hua Parakore.

Te Hiku Radio Interview


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