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He Whenua Rongo - Indigenous Seed, Soil and Food Sovereignty Symposium

Ali and Tania from the Gardens4Health team attended the He Whenua Rongo - Indigenous Seed, Soil and Food Sovereignty Symposium, at Papatūānuku Kokiri Marae in Mangere.  Here they learned more about the principles of Hua Parakore, a kaupapa Māori (Indigenous) system and framework for growing kai, based on the infinite richness and wisdom of whānau and hapū. 

There are six key Hua Parakore kaupapa (principles) that we can work with in the māra; whakapapa, wairua (living soul), mana (spiritual energy), māramatanga (enlightenment, insight, understanding), mauri (lifeforce, essence) and Te Ao Tūroa (the natural world). If you would like to find out more about Hua Parakore, Jessica Hutchings explains it here: jessicahutchings.org/what-is-hua-parakore/. She also has a great video series on YouTube. If you wish to learn more about Hua Parakore or in becoming Hua Parakore Certified please email tewakakaiora@gmail.com