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Manaaki Whenua working bee

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Manaaki Whenua, Manaaki Tāngata

This is your chance to connect with our beautiful campus and with others and increase your knowledge of tikanga Māori (sustainable practices) while enjoying time outside.

Taking care of the land brings wellbeing to our communities   

Our wellbeing is inextricably linked to the wellbeing of our environment. This manaaki whenua working bee is an opportunity for us as a Unitec Te Whare Wananga o Wairaka whānau, to support our own wellbeing through connection to the whenua (land).

By helping to take care of our wāhi tapu, our sacred spaces here on campus, you will learn about Te Waiunuroa o Wairaka (the natural spring named after Wairaka), rongoā Māori (medicinal plants including harakeke) and the biodiversity which the healing waters of Wairaka sustain.

Details of the day

We’ll begin with karakia at 10am, at the top end of the punawai (freshwater spring) Te Waiunuroa o Wairaka, and we will provide kai at 12.45pm.
 
See the attached map for the meeting point (around the back of Student Central and down the hill).
 
If you can’t make the morning session, you’re welcome to join the afternoon session at 1.15pm.
 
Whatever amount of time you have available to take part, we look forward to seeing you there – stay for a little or a long time. Please bring gloves and any small garden tools you have at home.
 
Nau mai, haere mai. All welcome.
 
Please make sure you register, for catering and equipment planning.