March 19, 2021
Iwi teaches rangatahi to be kaitiaki of forest
Work by Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa and Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research to connect rangatahi with the tribe’s ancient forest features in a new short video series.
Rūnanga chief executive Phill Murray says the late Whina Cooper often referred to Te Au Warawara forest near Pawarenga as Te wairua o te iwi o Te Rarawa.
Over the past two years, rangatahi and tamariki from different Taitokerau kura attended noho taiao to help reconnect with the taiao and learn about their role as kaitiaki of the area.
In the Karanga a Tāne Mahuta series, whānau discuss the importance of empowering tamariki and rangatahi; the passing on of intergenerational knowledge; and the reconstruction of unique taonga species, flora, and fauna.
The free video series will be released on YouTube as one video per week over five consecutive weeks.
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