Maramataka Māori is the rise and fall of the Māori lunar cycle. Our tupuna spent thousands of years observing the Taiao (environment) and passing their knowledge on to each successive generation. Our mission is to revive this practice to ensure our whanau are aware and connected.
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With over 30 years experience in the building industry, Ahikaaroa Trust are leaders in the Rammed Earth Housing Whare Uku movement. We offer construction options, consultation, education and facilitation services.
Māori Lunar Calendar
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The concept of ‘Whare Uku’ was originally conceived by Dr Kepa Morgan in 1994. A project was agreed to between Auckland University’s Engineering Department and the ‘Unaiki Mare Whanau Trust’ of Ahipara.
Ahikaaroa Trust established itself in 2012. We support whanau and communities to live in quality sustainable housing with a focus on papakainga living. The trust is registered with the charities commission and legally incorporated. Te Ahikaaroa promotes the use of Te Reo me ona Tikanga to as a guide to achieve our aspirations.
Pioneering research: We are helping to create solutions for affordable, efficient and sustainable whare.
With the James Henare Research Centre, we are helping to develop a mobile soil viability testing unit for future community projects.
- Support whanau to achieve their goal of Tupuna Whenua occupation
- Offer high-quality education, facilitation and consultancy services
- Help to solve housing issues within Te Taitokerau and beyond
- Promote self-sufficient, successful Tikanga Māori lifestyle alternatives
- Demonstrate organic building and gardening practices
Rueben is determined to build 1000 homes on Māori land
“The groundswell of support within the wider hapū suggests that Whare Uku dwellings have the potential to play a real role in the path towards Tino Rangatiratanga…”– Rueben Taipari
Māori Lunar Calendar
Our Maramataka Maori connects us to the environment. This maramataka is from our tupuna Ihaka Poata of Ngapuhi. We use the Maramataka for gardening and the reading of tides, but also determining the best time to do other activities such as holding whanau hui.
We believe the Maramataka is another taonga from our tupuna to assist at enhancing the well being of our whanau.
We have developed a unique colour code system to help whanau to easily read the cycles of the moon and forward plan your year. We hold Maramataka Wananga every Matariki.
Whare Uku / Rammed Earth Homes are quality, low maintence homes built using a sustainable model, with no pollution, using natural resources that will last for generations.
We build three bedroom earth homes including road access, construction, alternative energy and an eco waste system for $150,000*
There are Architect Plans for consented 1, 3 and 5 bedrooms homes available.
We have helped 50 families with their housing solutions as of November 2016.
Nau Mai, Haere Mai. Welcome to the Māori Organic Producers, Kaianuku Organic co-operative is a collective of Māori landowners growing organic produce for local and national market.