Update from Whakatū

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Tēnā koutou,

Here in Whakatū we were excited to implement our first whānau led workshop. Two of our steering rōpū wāhinetoa, Te Aroha Knox and Te Reia Taikato chose to workshop about rongoā Māori. We went to McKee Reserve 16 September 2020 to identify rongoā in the ngahere. Kawakawa and Kopakopa (Plantain) were chosen to make pani. Rau were harvested and the two oils were infused by Tereia and Te Aroha.

Due to weather constraints, the pani was made on the 29th September 2020 following the Te Kete Pounamu ki Whakatū Regional hui at Victory Community Centre. Ka pai to koutou mahi wāhine ma! We believe that doing social activities together outside of Te Kete Pounamu hui will strengthen our bond together.


  • Identify the whakapapa of the rau (leaves)
  • Take the grandparent, to leave the parents to support the babies (new growth)


  • Totally new and thankful for the learning experience

Te Aroha

  • Acknowledge plant – ASK PLANT – can I take you, if it comes away easily YES if not NO
  • Establish relationship – plant will let you know


  • Karakia before entering bush – listen to the bush, bird calls for our permission to enter…
  • Karakia ki ngā atua – ko Papatūānuku, ko Tāne Mahuta
  • Kia tūpato (safety) – kawakawa is a blood thinner so not necessarily appropriate for whānau who are taking blood thinning medication.

Whakamana te tangata, ki te tū rangatira i roto i tō ake mana, mana tuturu, mana motuhake, mana Māori!! –                                                    Sharing our combined knowledge to keep ourselves connected to ourselves – tools to fill our kete of health and wellbeing.

Ngā manaakitanga o te runga rawa e te whānau

Mauri ora e te whānau!







Sheryl Takiari
Te Kete Pounamu Regional Lead ki Whakatū