Tangikaroro Ngahere

Joined: Jul 22, 2021 Last Active: May 24, 2024 iNaturalist NZ

We are mana whenua and kaitiaki of Tangikaroro Native Reserve. We are on a life-long journey, having witnessed the naturally occurring growth of our taonga species in our ngahere, for the last 70+ years.

We are protecting this remnant forest, as an eco-source for the regeneration of our whenua, for present and future generations of our whanau, hapu and iwi of Ngati Porou, and surrounding iwi of Te Tairawhiti. We have shared this learning with our whanau, who have helped us to grow our native plants from seed sourced from Tangikaroro.

Our vision is to increase the puna of mokopuna who are horticulturalists in Te Tairawhiti, to allow for more regenerative and riparian planting to continue throughout the generations to come. This is our hope for Te Tairawhiti, that our mokopuna will drive this matauranga in the Taiao at all levels, from grassroots to governing bodies of various entities - both private and state - engaged in the regeneration and protection of our Taiao. Further to this, for those mokopuna to be strongly bonded to the whenua, the awa, the moana, the marae and the iwi of their rohe, to ensure an intrinsic natural intelligence in regards to Ngati Porou kawa, developed from a relationship with our people and our whenua.

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