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A tree reflects who I am. Just like a tree, I grow and change with each passing day. My roots run deep, my branches reach high, and my leaves dance in the wind. I am strong, resilient, and always adapting to my surroundings.

Immerse Yourself with Rongoā

Go Deeper into the Ngahere

Rongoā Workshop at Aio Wira Retreat

Rongoā Workshops for 2024

Come and join us in one of our Rongoā Māori Workshops in 2024.

An Introduction is a great place to start if you are just beginning.

Tuarua or Level 2 we continue learning new plants and their rongoā and move into the mauri and wairua of the plants.

Joanne delivering Rongoā Workshop to Kōtuku Kura

Have a Rongoā Expert in Your School

Te Waka Rākau collaborates with Field-based STEM Education who provide Professional Learning Development for teachers.

You can have a Rongoā Māori Workshop facilitator in your school to provide you with complementary information to what you already have, and tailor it to your needs.

View overlooking Rongoā Space at Chrystalls Bend in Ōtaki


e Waka Rākau are about to launch their new programme 'We.Are.Kaitiaki. and we are currently engaging with local schools in the Greater Wellington Region and Auckland.  Specific activities tell us information about the area using Mātauranga Māori.  For more information, please contact us.


Te Maara o Te Waka Rākau

Te Maara o Te Waka Rākau incorporates a community garden, maara kai and food forest. It brings the community together, creates a greater connection with Papatūānuku and develops skills as a community space, with volunteering, workshops, events and a range of activities to support wellbeing. We believe the foundation for success of Te Maara is taking a Te Ao Māori approach using mātauranga Māori.

Learn More

“Don’t judge each day
by the harvest you reap,
but by seeds that you plant”

Robert Louis Stevenson

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