Kaupapa | Projects  

Learn more about the kaupapa Māori food sovereignty projects and communities we are involved with. Our projects are both research led and practice based.

Kai Atua

Kai Atua: Food for Hope and Wellbeing is a three year kaupapa Māori research project funded by Te Apārangi (Royal Society of New Zealand) Marsden Fund.

This project is grounded at the flax roots with diverse Māori food growing communities and examines how kaupapa Māori approaches to building resilient and sovereign food systems contribute to imagining new food nation futures.

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He Whenua Rongo

Building Māori kai and soil resilient communities through 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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Feed the Whānau māra at Taita College

Papawhakaritorito Trust has been supporting the establishment of an urban farm at a high school in Lower Hutt. Lani Rotzler Purewa has been working alongside students of the
Ahi Ka class, who have been working with the whenua over the last years.

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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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Poipoia Te Kākano Kia Puāwai

Our project intends to support rangatahi (youth) leadership and skills in seedling production through a partnership with the Feed the Whānau project and by providing seedlings to help establish a māra at Taita College. We hope to eventually extend our seedling resource guide to include tips on native seedling propagation to help re-cloak Papatūānuku.

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Māori Kai Sovereignty Aspirations in Te Whanganui-a-Tara

In December 2021 the Papawhakaritorito Charitable Trust hosted a wānanga on behalf of the Wellington City Council to explore existing and potential Māori kai initiatives in Wellington city. The event offered an invaluable opportunity for whakawhanaungatanga and produced some high level outcomes based on the Hua Parakore framework that have fed into the WCC Sustainable Food Action Plan.

Read the full report here

Hua Parakore and Biodynamic Two Day Workshop 2021

In late November 2021 a two day Hua Parakore and Biodynamic Workshop was held at Papawhakaritorito, a Hua Parakore-verified food farm in Kaitoke, just north of Wellington.

Read the full report here