This project focused on the importance of growing good kai for whānau, hapū, and iwi. The researchers worked with iwi and a number of Māori organic growers to develop an iwi certification process and a Māori Organic Land Use Kit to develop a set of resources.


Research outputs:

Traditional Māori growing practises: a literature review

Dr Takirirangi Smith

This report analyses the literature and stands as an introduction to growing, harvesting, cultivation, and whakapapa practices. The report pulls together early manuscripts of traditional Māori food growing practices and critiques early Pākehā misinterpretations of Māori world views.

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Grow your own kai

Lisa Talbot

Written by passionate gardener and cook, this book is an introduction into the distinctive methods used to grow Māori kai.

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