Otangarei Matariki Festival - Te Hau Āwhiowhio ō Otangarei Trust
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Come and share in a celebration of Otangarei, community regeneration and renewal. 

Connect with friends and whanau kanohi-ki-te-kanohi, share your stories and learn something new.

Nau mai, haere mai!

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Permaculture Maara Kai exhibition

With Matariki upon us, the Te Puawaitanga Marae is establishing a permaculture maara kai garden for the community.

This mara kai is designed using a natural method of gardening which works with Papatuanuku to develop the best conditions for growing plants and managing garden pests.  Because of this, it requires less mahi to maintain.  There is 90% less weeding and watering, and perennial grasses and trees are used as a habitat for beneficial garden organisms.

Matariki is the perfect time to put this style of garden in place.  The heavy mulch layer used as a garden floor breaks down in the winter rains, and adds richness to the maara kai in time for spring planting.

Come along to the open day at the Marae on the 1st of July to learn how you can set up this style of maara at home using mostly free resources from around the community.

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