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Puawai o te Kakano

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The blossoming seed

Photography by Aaron Mclean

This special project is centred around a Rongoā Garden at Griffth's Gardens.


 

Ko te tohu o te "Te Puawai o te Kakano" e tohu ana i te tirohanga a Te Awhina Mai Tatou me te Aroha o te Pi. Ko tenei mahere he hononga ora me Mana Whenua o Taamaki Makaurau Iwi-Ngāti Whātua ki Orakei. Ko nga tikanga kaitiakitanga Maori o Rongoā kei te whakatu ano i te pokapū o te taone nui.

The metaphor of a “Blossoming Seed” represents the shared vision of Te Awhina Mai Tatou Katoa and For the Love of Bees to establish a place in the city for the sharing of Rongoā knowledge. This garden will be a living partnership with Mana Whenua o Tamāki Makaurau Iwi—Ngāti Whātua ki Orakei. Here the Māori kaitiakitanga practices of Rongoā will once again be established in the city centre.

 

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Photography by Kate Micael

The Rongoā Garden is being facilitated by Ngāti Whātua - Awatea Hawke and Awhina Mai Tatou Katoa - Rob Smith. This community have crafted the accompanying pou. The Garden will create a context and environment to bring traditional Māori culture, growing techniques and healing knowledge into the inner city to help their community.

Photography by Kate Micael

The Rongoā Poster Series

 
 

These posters of Tom Ropata, Rob Smith, Tiare Turetahi, Adrian Mokonuiarangi, Richard Turipa, Cameron (all of whom helped to make the pou at Griffith's) and the Kawakawa plant are the first in a series that will explore Rongoā practise. 


A huge thank you to Aaron Mclean for the Photography, Phil Kelly for the design work and Kirsty Cameron for being the curator.

The Rongoā poster series will be seen around the country thanks to Phantom Billstickers.