One of the Local Seed and Food Security hui organizing team holding a tomato grown from local seed stock. (Credit: Colin Walker).
From the earliest times, food has always been high on our agenda.
In Aotearoa, it began with tangata whenua reverence for the Gods of cultivated and uncultivated plants that sustained ancient Māori civilizations, fast-forwarding eons to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 which proclaimed adequate food as an inalienable human right.
Food became more prominent on the political menu due to increased concerns about genetically modified organisms; mono-cropping, pesticide use and other destructive industrial agricultural practices; globalization and corporate monopolization of food production; and the alarming decline in food’s nutritional value.
Today, population increases, and climate crisis’ rising weather and seasonal volatility coupled with our Earth’s 6th Mass Extinction event, puts food production everywhere at extreme peril.
For many years, these threats have motivated a wide range of response action at the community, nation-wide and international level. In the spirit of these ongoing efforts, and drawing on Matariki’s auspicious harvest energy, a Te Tai Tokerau Local Seed and Food Security hui will be held on 16 June at Oromāhoe marae (10:00am pōwhiri).
The hui will renew commitment to achieving seed and food resilience for the wellbeing of our tamariki mokopuna, whānau and communities over the next decade. Hosted in collaboration with Four Seasons Farms (and with the support of the Kai Ora Fund), the gathering will generate concrete outcomes, including action to strengthen local seed banks and networks in Te Tai Tokerau.
The organizers invite interested community groups and folks of all ages to participate, regardless of one’s level of gardening or food production knowledge and experience. Registration is by koha (donation).
For more information, contact Catherine Murupaenga-Ikenn:
Mobile Phone: (020) 4163 6562
Or Facebook: “Matariki Local Seed and Food Security Hui” event page.
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