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Rongoā for the Land

Rongoā for the Land.

by Mere Whaanga

Restoring the whenua on the Māhia Peninsula

Taipōrutu is a sheep and cattle farm on the Māhia Peninsula. The land has been in the same whānau for twenty generations. It was once covered in native bush: tī kōuka, mānuka, rewarewa, tītoki, kahikatea, nīkau, and kawakawa. These species ensured the health of the land and the health of its people – but then they were cleared for farming. A few years ago, the family who owns Taipōrutu came up with a plan to restore their whenua. They called the plan Ahikāroa.

Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

Learning area: English, Social Sciences

Curriculum level: 4

Reading year level: 7

Category: Non-fiction

Related titles: See TSM

Topics: Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories, change, environment, healing, history, indigenous medicine, kaitiakitanga, land, Mahia Peninsula, mana whenua, medicine, native species, rongoā, tradition, wellbeing, whanau, whenua

In: School Journal Level 4 November 2020

Publication date: November 2020

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