Lost knowl­edge of hunter gath­erer

South Waikato News - - Community Cookbook - TE AHUA MAIT­LAND

Owen Boyn­ton will take view­ers back in time in his new TV pro­gramme, Toa Hunter Gath­erer.

The 32-year-old, from Cam­bridge, will de­but his show on Maori Tele­vi­sion in Septem­ber, re­cap­tur­ing knowl­edge and tech­niques lost in the mod­ern in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion.

Boyn­ton ven­tures around Aotearoa in the eight-part series, talk­ing to lo­cal ex­perts on his­tor­i­cal ap­proaches to hunt­ing, fish­ing and bush craft spe­cific to each re­gion. Toa means war­rior. ‘‘I’ve had a phi­los­o­phy that, re­gard­less if you’re a hunter or not, there is a war­rior in us all. We need to find that war­rior and use it to our po­ten­tial, for what­ever skills that may be in our life.

‘‘And for me, that was hunt­ing and gath­er­ing.’’

He be­lieves the mind­set of youth and hunt­ing has changed.

‘‘To­day, hunt­ing is por­trayed as a sport - for recre­ational hunters. Our show is more about get­ting in touch with our history, learn­ing from our el­ders and look­ing at tra­di­tional ways a hunter gath­erer would once do things.

‘‘These days it has be­come more about peo­ple want­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of it [hunt­ing], re­gard­less of the skills they have or not.’’

Boyn­ton said back in the day, hunters were providers. He was lucky to learn from a young age from his el­ders, and he learned from the best.

‘‘I learned from my fam­ily. My fa­ther was one of many broth­ers. We’re ba­si­cally a line of hunters not one of us to yet be a hunter.

‘‘We’ve al­ways been taught the rea­sons why to hunt.’’

Boyn­ton has a large fol­low­ing on his Face­book page, Toa Hunter Gath­erer.

The show pre­mieres on Maori Tele­vi­sion at 9.30pm on Mon­day, Septem­ber 12.

Owen Boyn­ton ven­tures around Aotearoa in his Maori Tele­vi­sion series, Toa Hunter Gath­erer.

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