Community wananga at Titirangi
Exploring how to be kaitiaki, or guardians of Titirangi maunga was the aim of Matariki Hunga Nui, a two-day wananga based at Te Poho o Rawiri marae.
The community event celebrated the Maori New Year and taiao (natural environment) on and around the maunga.
The wananga was led by Whaia Titirangi, a holistic partnership between Council and Ngati Oneone to care for the maunga.
Weed management is a large component of the project but it also aims to help whanau and the community learn about what is in their backyard, and how to be kaitiaki of the environment.
Night bush walks, setting pest traps and native tree planting were some of the activities held throughout the wananga.
Project manager Ranell Nikora said the team also followed other kaupapa to do with the taiao, including rongoa (Maori medicine) which they have been learning about the Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
Whaia Titirangi operational team leader Jordan Tibble said it was rewarding to put into practice what they had been working hard towards over the past few months.
“To connect with people from environmental to spiritual backgrounds made our wananga inspiring and motivating.”
Following the success of Matariki Hunga Nui, Ranell says there are plans to hold more wananga in the future.
“We’re only just getting started. It’s about making those connections for our tamariki and whanau back to the maunga and back to the whenua.”