Whakapapa

Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae

Whakapapa are the natural connections between ngā atua, te whenua, te kai and te tangata in mahinga kai. Knowing this whakapapa, how everything in the mahinga kai interacts and relates to each other, is fundamental to knowing how things that are put into the mahinga kai will impact and influence everything else.

It is also important to know the origin of your whenua, the inputs into it and the people who work on it, to ensure the integrity of the Kai Atua that is produced, and where this integrity can be traced back to. Te Whakapapa o te Mahinga Kai is about how you and your whanau connect to the natural environment through your mahinga kai.