June 21, 2018
Apple day for Ngāpuhi whānau
The Ngāpuhi Rūnanga wants to get its whānau out of the supermarket mentality.
Tomorrow it will deliver more than 100 fruit trees to whanau living in the rural mid-north.
It's part of a rural regeneration partnership between the rūnanga and Te Puni Kōkiri to provide practical support to whanau in rural areas Hokianga, Horeke, Ōtaua, Waimā and Tautoro.
Ngāpuhi Rūnanga housing coordinator Kara George says many whānau remember when their kaumatua and kuia grew a variety of food for themselves and their communities.
He says the supermarket mentality has seen an erosion of the pride and practice in growing food and living off the land.
The tree plan came out of discussions with whānau, with oranges, lemons, mandarins, feijoas, plums and apple on the wish list.
Over the past year and a half the regeneration programme has helped 20 whānau with repairs to roofs, water supplies, electrical upgrades and sewerage systems, as well as addressing some immediate health and social needs.
Copyright © 2018, UMA Broadcasting Ltd: www.waateanews.com