Nau mai haere mai,
Join us for a special event where we follow Waimapihi, from her open waters at Waimapihi Reserve, through the city and to the sea, with kōrero about the restoration of Waimapihi and the rongoā that may be found here.
Our meeting point will be at the top of Holloway Road at 11am, at the entry to Waimapihi Reserve.
Kōrero will be led by Ngā Kaimanaaki o Te Waimapihi, Shelby Stoneburner and Jim Mitford-Taylor, who have been instrumental in giving new life to the place where Waimapihi begins. Tanya Ruka will lead a kōrero about the rongoā present here, and give the opportunity for people to collect leaves that may then be infused as tea. Also on the hīkoi will be artists Caela Heke and Nick Denton, talking to their experiences following Waimapihi.
From the reserve, we will follow the underground path of Waimapaihi down Aro Street, passing in front of the Aro community centre, and crisscrossing through the city as the awa flows underneath streets and buildings, until we reach the place Waimapihi touches the sea, at Taranaki Wharf.
The hīkoi will then return to Enjoy Contemporary Art Space, to make tea with the rongoā we have collected, reaching the gallery at approximately 12:30pm.
Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka is a video and performance artist, designer and independent researcher active in environmental issues from an indigenous perspective in Aotearoa and globally.
Ruka works with Mātauranga Māori concepts to design transitional Indigenous Futures with Indigenous Speculative Design. Weaving stories in the digital realm and firmly placing indigenous ways of being in the landless territories of new imagined futures.
Ngā Kaimanaaki o Te Waimapihi are a community group focusing on restoring te taiao known as Waimapihi Reserve. They are laying out the welcome mat for the spillover birds from Te Māra a Tāne, Zealandia Ecosanctuary by trapping predators, engaging in bush restoration efforts, and advocacy. The kaupapa is to be neighbourly with our natives.