Sus­tain­able choice sup­ports kau­papa

South Waikato News - - Your Health - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

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.

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