Sustainable choice supports kaupapa
A recycling programme started four-years ago at Pikitu Marae in Te Waotu is being credited for safe guarding its future.
Ruthana Begbie said the committee decided to use the Pare Kore programme at the marae.
Five hungry bins containing tiger worms sit outside the kitchen. This includes bins for plastic and bottles and two small vegetable gardens.
Everything that comes into the kitchen is reused and Begbie keeps a vigilant eye shifting through the bins.
Food scapes from hui are feed to the worms or given to the local pig farm.
Every item is labelled with signs clearly displayed on the wall.
She said there is no excuse for whanau not to be mindful on what they are doing.
‘‘The best way to do it is to work with what we’ve got already.
‘‘It’s a practical, simple way of being sustainable.’’
Most items that come onto the marae are recycled and separated into bins.
Workshops are held at the marae to educate the locals and visitors are given a manuel explaining the setup.
‘‘We respect the land and it’s recognised that because she nurtures us in terms of growing our plants, growing our trees to provide shelter and food that if you continue to look after Papatuanuku in nurturing her she in return will nurture us.’’
The most rewarding part of the journey Begbie said is watching the young people thrive.
‘‘They love it. Our younger generation are so receptive in wanting to learn their own tikanga. What it is that makes them Maori and their acknowledgement to the land.
‘‘They’re a lot easier to be able to talk to because most of the older generation have become so westernised. ‘‘
Living mindfully is all part of a bigger picture.
Discussions are underway to plant a orchard which Begbie hopes will happen soon.
The marae plans to grow larger gardens and eventually live off the grid.
The Pare Kore Programme has been operating for four years. It is available in the Waikato, Auckland and Taranaki with 50 marae registered on the programme.