May 09, 2014
Ngati Whatua shares park history
Aucklanders will be able to get a new perspective on their history this weekend by taking a guided walk through their local parks.
Te Hikoi is part of POP, a new creative initiative from the Waitemata Board.
They will be held at Tokiwhatinui or Auckland Domain tomorrow and on June 7, and at Waiorea-Western Springs Park on May 24 and June 21.
Guide Prince Davis from Ngati Whatua says as well as talking about the people who lived on the land and harvested its bounty, the walkers will look for plants to propagate in their own gardens, such as an indigenous tuber grown by Maori.
"We would like people to take away with them some harakeke seeds, kawakawa seed, piripiri and things like that. There are a number of other seeds but the rekaroa, which I understand was a New Zealand tuber, so it is ancient and we are looking forward to spreading these seeds, should we be able to get our hands on them, just to ensure their longevity of course," he says.
Bookings for the hikoi can be made through the link on the Auckland Council’s POP page.
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