The Greenhouse is essential
Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae seeks to connect tāngata with whenua in a nurturing relationship through a self-sustaining, self-determining, healthy community, driven by Te Ao Māori.
For the last 30 years, the māra kai has become a pillar of this mission, providing healthy kai to the greater community and offering opportunities for whānau to reconnect to the whenua through the intimate process of growing kai.
As the positive impact that the marae has continues to grow, and the vision reaches more people within and beyond the community, the need for a larger, higher quality greenhouse has become increasingly self-evident.
The current conditions
The current greenhouse aids Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae in providing educational opportunities around growing kai and helps to supply seedling to our whānau. Not only has the marae outgrown the current greenhouse, but it has become rundown and is no longer conducive to growing healthy plants.
The plastic is old and has broken down, becoming brittle, delicate, and impervious to the UV lights that plants need to grow. This results in “leggy”, feeble, and unhealthy seedlings that grow too fast in an attempt to reach for sunlight. Many panels of polycarbonate have blown off in the wind and are taped onto the frame, or have been replaced with other materials. These loose and broken panels limit the greenhouse’s ability to retain heat, especially during the winter when plants need to be sheltered from the cold winter winds.
The Greenhouse of our Dreams
A new green house would allow us to grow more numerous, healthier seedlings, and expand the positive impact we have in the community by empowering our whanau to grow their own kai through tikanga and te ao Māori, especially the principles of Hua Parakore.
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Hua Parakore as a Māori based Framework for Kai
As the positive impact that the marae has continues to grow, and the vision reaches more people within and beyond the community, the need for a larger, higher quality greenhouse has become increasingly self-evident. A new greenhouse would allow us to increase the amount of seedlings we are able to give away and sell to fund our māra. Our seedlings are of the highest quality because their growth is guided by the principles of Hua Parakore:
These seedlings whakapapa to Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae and other trusted sources, and so we know they are grown using the values of Hua Parakore, without chemical sprays or synthetic fertilizer additives, and using regenerative practices
Spiritual health and peace are strengthened by the wairua we feel when connecting to our environment, especially through growing kai.
Growing seedlings is māna enhancing, empowering whānau to grow their own kai and reconnect with their whenua and tikanga.
Gardening encourages māramatanga, serving as a source of enlightenment, creativity, and understanding around the ways we interact with our environment
Te Ao Tūroa
Te Ao Tūroa is restored when we eat local kai, use our food scraps to create compost, growing seedlings with it, and then help our whānau to grow kai that then returns to soil once again
Seedlings can bring mauri to the urban environment, rejuvenating the land with healthy plants, growing healthy kai, and feeding healthy people.