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Kai sovereignty: lowering your carbon footprint through local kai

22 October, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei is hosting alongside Para Kore Ki Tāmaki an online panel kōrero on the impacts of global food production and how indigenous knowledge, Mātauranga Māori can guide us in restoring our taiao and climate as well as growing healthier communities in the fight for climate justice.

By choosing to eat locally and seasonally, growing a vegetable garden in your back yard and composting your kai scraps, you are actively takings steps towards supporting sustainable kai systems and lowering your carbon footprint.


Wyatt Dooley

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei

Wyatt Dooley is a plant loving and surf enthusiast with a background in horticulture and environmental science that has lead him to work on projects in California, Hawaii, and Aotearoa. Wyatt helps to lead the environmental operations team at Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei combining his love of ecology, production of local kai, and engaging with local communities to create a positive outcome for papatūānuku/earth.

Koha Kahui-McConnell

Para Kore Ki Tāmaki

Koha has worked with Para Kore Ki Tāmaki since 2019, helping to offer creative and practical solutions to zero waste, upholding tikanga and working towards the absolute protection of Papatūānuku.

Rob Small

Ngāpuhi tūturu Mahurehure

Rob Small is the curator and designer of the Pourewa mara which is under development on Kepa Road for Ngati Whatua Orakei. The gardens Mara kai has been operational for 12 months while the mara for Rongoa and kairaranga (Māori wellness and weavers gardens) are under development this summer. This will represent the first ever Māori ethnobotanic garden. Rob holds an honours degree in Horticulture and a Master of Landscape Architecture. He also has a diploma in Te Reo and Tikanga. He is the former Director of Auckland’s Regional Parks and World President of the International Federation of Parks. Rob is committed to environmental sustainability and a strong advocate for a world that lives within its environmentally sustainable footprint.

Charmaine Bailie

Uru Whakaaro + Para Kore ki Tāmaki

Charmaine Bailie- Director of Uru Whakaaro, manages Para Kore-ki Tāmaki and facilitates the Iwi, Hapu Community Nursery Network across the Auckland Region. Charmaine is a restoration ecologist and community provision practitioner. She designed and project managed Okāhu Rakau and Ko te Pūkākī on the Whenua Rangatira – Takaparawhau and Pourewa for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei  2000 – 2016. Designing ecology and food provision across many Tāmaki eco-scapes to support the restoration of provision materials for raranga, rongoā and mahina kai. Charmaine is also the Chair of Kaipātiki Project and a Tangata Whenua member on the Hauraki Gulf Forum.

Hana Maihi

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei

Hana is a kaupapa Māori researcher, co-founder of an indigenous climate-justice rōpu Te Ara Whatu. As a ringa raupa for her iwi and trustee for Orakei Marae, she works across kaupapa that prioritise the restoration of whenua, wai and whakapapa.


22 October, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm