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Joanne Hakaraia

Ko Tainui te waka

Ko Hoturoa te tangata

Ko Tararua ngā maunga

Ko Ōtaki te awa

Ko Ngāti Raukawa ki te tonga te iwi

Ko Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti me Ngāti Maiōtaki ngā hapū

Ko Joseph Hakaraia tōku papa

Ko Rosalie Hohipuha tōku mama

Ko Nick Olson tōku hoa rangatira

Ko Joanne Hakaraia-Olson tōku ingoa

Joanne Hakaraia-Olson (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Whakaue) is a healer, teacher, and avid student of Rongoā Māori. Born and raised in Otaki, she obtained her passion for plants from her grandmother and mother.  She moved to Auckland 17 years ago where she met her husband Nick Olson and together they put down roots to share a life together.

 

For the last twenty years, Joanne has dedicated her personal and professional life to the importance of self-care by teaching from her own experience. After being diagnosed with an illness in 2008 Joanne chose Rongoā for healing. She chose a path of deep self-reflection that still continues today.

 

She formed Te Waka Rākau in 2016 with the kaupapa of bringing wāhine together for self-reflection through the traditional practice of Rongoā Māori. 

 

Joanne saw that profound healing could take place by connecting to the mauri of plants. She began assisting wāhine to connect to the mauri and saw the profound shifts that took place in the wāhine. This practice encouraged the wāhine to explore the ngahere (forest) and local parks and reserves to find and identify the rākau (plant) in study. The wāhine would take their tamariki into the ngahere and learn together.  This would become the influence behind the kaupapa of Te Waka Rākau.

After living in Auckland for 17 years, Joanne is returning home to Ōtaki with her husband Nick. 

"There is no better place for me to be right now than at home on my whenua.

Continuing this kaupapa on my turanga waewae has been a vision for so long."

If you are interested in learning about the mauri of rākau, we recommend you begin with Punaora Rongoā.

Experience in rongoā is not essential. 

Rose & Joe Hakaraia

Ko Tainui te waka

Ko Hoturoa te tangata

Ko Tararua ngā maunga

Ko Ōtaki te awa

Ko Ngāti Raukawa ki te tonga te iwi

Ko Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti me Ngāti Maiōtaki ngā hapū

Rosalie and Joseph Hakaraia (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Whakaue) are the kaumātua for Te Waka Rākau. They are both born and raised in Otaki. They are both retired and still as busy as ever. Their knowledge of the past is a taonga. Dad still shares about his time living on the pa with his extended whanau. Mum still remembers fish that her father used to harvest at 4 am on the beach. 

Kaumatua have many important roles in their families, including preserving traditions and knowledge, providing leadership, and nurturing the younger generations. 

 

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