A whakatauki / proverb :
Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.
With your food basket and my food basket,
the well being of the community will be ensured.
The concept of enacting tākoha as part of the Matariki season, is one of sharing resources so that everyone's well being is ensured. Traditionally Māori New Year was a time that the food store houses would be full to see the whānau through the cold season. It was a time of celebrating the New Year with feasting, and sharing of foods so that all were nourished and satisfied.
Raumati South Kindergarten, Raumati South School and Waikanae Kindergarten communities
Put their hands up to participate in the Tākoha Kai/ Foodbank Drive with Kāpiti Coast District Council in partnership with Tāngata Whenua. This is an example of enacting the Enviroschools Guiding Principle of Sustainable Communities.
Mayie Pagalilauan, manager of Little Earth Montessori Preschool said that participating in the Matariki Tākoha Kai collection provided an opportunity for their tamariki, whānau, and kaiako to directly experience the centre's values of love and care.
Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou i to tautoko mo te kaupapa nei ! Much appreciation to these communities for their support for this!