09 May 2023 News
Matthew McClymont

Connecting, Te Puhinui way

It’s a mild autumn day as disparate carpoolers slowly gather at the new Taiao hub on the banks of the Puhinui Stream. Unbeknownst to these volunteers, we are in the Huna phase of the maramataka (maaori lunar calendar). It’s a day traditionally dedicated to giving back to Tangaroa and Hinemoana (maaori personification of the seas and creatures who live there). This is no accident of course. Our mahi is deeply influenced by and dedicated to maatauranga maaori (maaori ways of knowing and doing).