Patutahi School harvest of Rene Orchiston Collection.. Term 1

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Kia ora koutou katoa,

I hope you are all having a a fabulous weekend. It has been a while since I put a blog up so here it goes. Todays post is a brief look back at one of the events that took place within Term 1 at Toihoukura – the harvesting and cleaning of the pa harakeke established by a lady named ‘Rene Orchiston’ in the vicinity of Patutahi School, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki. This pa harakeke was planted many years ago – during which time many different people have cared for it. When a group of us from Toi 1st went out to assess the pa harakeke we took into account that there would be a lot of work and steady hands needed to clean and keep this pa healthy and thriving. We identified our preferred species and which of them we would go back to and harvest later.

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On our second visit , we returned with our main drivers/ co-ordinators of this project Mama – Denise Te Hau and Tina Wirihana also assisted by her former student Glenda Hape – who was helping with both the Traditional Dye Wananga at Toihoukura and the Paper making Wananga over the two week period – which most were lucky to be involved with. We also had a group of fresh new Team players who made up our group of around 8 people – enough to get our work started and harvest some harakeke for the week ahead – for Muka whenu and paper mix.

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Emma Marino getting in there and doing the hard work.. that is what a healthy, maintained plant should look like.. around 4 people it took to get that effect.. pretty much one person working and cleaning on each side. I love taking before and after pics especially when they look like this. Too much all of you that came out to tautoko that day – you did us proud 🙂

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John and Makuini getting in there to do the business…

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Glenda, Tina and Catherine working hard further down the line.

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That was a fabulous day to get together and work on a special project. Papatuuaanuku would’ve been happy that day with our efforts. I look forward to our next visit and hope to see more of you getting involved with these projects.

Thanks for reading.
Nga mihi
Lee 🙂


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