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The purpose of Papawhakaritorito Charitable Trust is to elevate Indigenous seed, soil and food sovereignty through education, research, and practices that decolonise our current
food system. 


Ko wai mātou |  About us

Founding Trustees Dr Jessica Hutchings (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Huirapa, Gujarati) and Associate Professor Jo Smith (Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, Kāi Tahu) developed Papawhakaritorito Trust to grow Māori seed, soil and food sovereignty and tino rangatiratanga. 


Wānanga Ipurangi | Online Courses 

Our Indigenous-led online courses are live and ready for you to sign up to today to enjoy learning all about how to take care of your garden.  They are founded in the kaupapa (principles and values) of Hua Parakore (Māori organics). Learn about Indigenous food and soil sovereignty, practical growing techniques and how you can grow mauri rich (life giving) food for your family and community. 

Introduction to growing clean kai for your whānau

Join our six-week gardening course that includes all the basics about how to start your māra. From growing veggies to composting to saving seeds and creating healthy soil. If you would like to learn how to grow clean kai for your whānau, you are invited join this course now. Learn at your own pace with our expert support. 

Cost: $295

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Introduction to Hua Parakore food production course 

Join our six-week online course and learn about the Hua Parakore system of food production for Kai Atua (pure food) that is run by Te Waka Kai Ora (National Māori Organics Authority). The course is a prerequisite for those who are interested in the Hua Parakore verification process. Proceeds from this course are reinvested in the Hua Parakore system.

Cost: $345

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Māori soil sovereignty course

Join our six-week online course and learn about the politics of Māori soil sovereignty and the many ways you can elevate the mana of Hineahuone.

Approx cost: $295


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 “Food sovereignty begins in seed sovereignty…It grows from the land and its biodiversity. Growing food is growing diversity and freedom, it involves rejuvenating the seed and the soil, it rejuvenates culture and community. In Te Mahi Māra Hua Parakore Jessica Hutchings shows how to grow food sovereignty. Read it, share it, live it”.

Dr Vandana Shiva, Navdanya, India

 “A real sense of connectedness. Pounamu is so mīharo, so knowledgeable and so calm in her delivery. Highly recommend to anyone. Amazing journey. Keen to keep going. Ngā mihi nui”.

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From agricultural colonisation to rematriation


Our founder Dr Jessica Hutchings sits down to discuss how we move from agricultural colonisation to rematriation in this YouTube interview with Matthew Monaghan. Thanks to Ma Earth Media for supporting and sharing the word about our kaupapa. 

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You Can Make A Difference Right Now

Join us in supporting the Papawhakaritorito Trust's mission to uplift Māori food sovereignty, Hua Parakore and tino rangatiratanga through education, research, and practices, by donating today.


Kaupapa | Projects

He Whenua Rongo 2024

An Indigenous seed, soil and food
sovereignty symposium.

11 - 13 April 2024, Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa 

This groundbreaking event was a sell out and the start of a movement. It brought together indigenous communities, farmers, producers, activists, food advocates, scientists and policymakers from around the world.

Key topics discussed included indigenous seed sovereignty, GMOs in food and farming, post-capitalist economies, free trade and agriculture, hua parakore, traditional food systems, climate change adaptation, and community empowerment.

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He Whenua Rongo

Building Māori kai and soil resilient communities through Indigenous knowledge.

He Whenua Rongo is a 7 month kaupapa Māori research project that has been conducted by Papawhakaritorito Charitable Trust led by Dr. Jessica Hutchings in partnership wih Te Waka Kai Ora (National Māori Organics Authority) with support from AATEA Solutions, a kaupapa Māori research, facilitation and translation consultancy.

The project has been resourced by the Ministry for the Environment.

Read the summary and full report below.


He Whenua Rongo Summary Report
He Whenua Rongo Full Report

He Kai Te Rongoā, He Rongoā Te Kai

Released in October 2022, this report covers the evidence presented by Te Waka Kai Ora to the Waitangi Tribunal's inquiry into the Wai 262 claim and brings it together into a single document. 

The purpose is to amplify the evidence of Te Waka Kai Ora  with regards to: 1) the harmful impacts of GM, 2) ongoing use of organo-chlorines and pesticides and 3) the lack of protection for Hua Māori and Hua Parakore.

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Te Awa Kairangi Māori Food Growers Hui 2021

In October 2021 Papawhakaritorito Charitable Trust hosted a one day hui with Māori food growers based in Te Awakairangi (Hutt Valley). The aim of the hui was to share kōrero about how to support, instigate and sustain flaxroots-led kai and soil growing practices. From the hui emerged a name for our roopū, “Feed the Whānau”.

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