He kākano ahau i ruia i Rangiatea.
I am a seed which was sewn in the heavens of Rangiatea.
Traditionally Matariki was a time when people came together, when tribal traditions and teachings were passed from one generation to the next through the whare wānanga (houses of learning).
In keeping with this information sharing tradition guest speakers Mahuru Robb (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pūkeko) and Kani Te Pōtiki Manukura (Ngāi Tūhoe ) were invited to present at Waitakere Central Library, looking at the theme - Te toto me te kiko o Papatūānuku / The blood and the flesh of Papatūānuku - her waterways and whenua (land).
|Ref: Mahuru Robb, West Auckland Research Centre|
|Ref: Kani Te Potiki Manukura, West Auckland Research Centre|
He showed examples of tradition Māori tools for gardening which he has made and uses today on Taunga Kererū, a farm in Whāingaroa (Raglan) where he is currently completing a Permaculture apprenticeship.
|Ref: Students making art, West Auckland Research Centre|
|Ref: Natalie Couch teaching students, West Auckland Research Centre|
|Ref: Exhibition opening, West Auckland Research Centre|