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Drawing Together

Drawing Together

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of sharing our stories. We lost one of the country’s most powerful environmental writers when Rod Oram passed away on Tuesday, a loss felt keenly by so many people, including myself.

And yet, just last Friday I found so much joy in sharing the stage with two incredible wāhine, Ranui Calman & Kendall Flutey at Kiwibank’s inaugural Women in Business event in Ōtautahi Christchurch. We shared stories of finding purpose, strength from families and the ever present imposter syndrome. We were all asked the very powerful question, “would you be anywhere else, doing anything else right now?”. The answer was an emphatic ‘no' from all of us.

In a couple of weeks time, I’ll be leading a panel after watching the wonderful ‘Six Inches of Soil’, a movie that has inspired the regenerative farming network Quorum Sense to create nationwide screenings.

And in mid-April there is He Whenua Rongo an indigenous Seed, Soil & Food Sovereignty Symposium in Tāmaki Auckland, which will be an incredible gathering of wonderful humans.

As our days get shorter and things feel dark, it’s the moments of drawing together that gives me hope and light. If you’re feeling the same way, I would encourage you to lean into community, to show up and connect in real life. The energy gained from sharing our stories around the campfire of life is real, and the warmth is tangible.

Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa

Let us keep close together, not wide apart

Angela Clifford, CE Eat New Zealand. @eat.newzealand

#KnowYourFarmer #KnowYourFisher #EatNZGrains #GrowFoodCommunities #EatNZKaitaki #RepurposeTheSurplus #Biodiversity #FeastMatariki #MahikaKai

Images from Kiwibank's inaugural Women in Business event in Ōtautahi.

Save the date: Feast Matariki 2024

We are excited to announce that Feast Matariki will be back in 2024, as always supporting the re-indigenisation of the New Zealand food story. Feast Matariki will be held from Friday 14th June - Friday 28th June 2024.

This year, the majority of events will be based right in the heart of Ōtautahi at Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre, with some activations taking place nationwide. Stay tuned for more details.

If you or your organisation are interested in supporting or sponsoring Feast Matariki in 2024 - please get in touch.

Six Inches of Soil movie screening

Get ready for a film night celebrating soil, food and farming!

Eat New Zealand are supporting Quorum Sense who are bringing the new UK documentary @sixinchesofsoil to Christchurch at the Lumiere Cinema, Monday 8th April - tickets are selling fast - book here.

Filmed over three years, Six Inches of Soil tells the inspiring story of three young British farmers and growers standing up against the industrial food system and transforming the way they produce food - to heal the soil, our health and provide for local communities.

Along the way, they adopt regenerative practices and strive to create viable businesses, meeting seasoned mentors who help them on their journey. Join us for a night out at the flicks.

At the Ōtautahi viewing our own Angela Clifford will be leading a conversation with other farmers and growers including Manaia Cunningham (Ngāti Irakehu, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mutunga); Kaitlyn Lamb (Eat NZ Kaitaki & Kai Compost); Deane Parker (dairy farmer & Quorum Sense film-maker). Rally your friends and family, this film is for everyone!

For those not in Christchurch, there are a host of other viewings happening around the motu over the next few months:

  • Cambridge, Tivoli Cinema, Mon 8 April - book tickets
  • Rangiora, Rangiora High School, Wed 10 April - book tickets
  • Alexandra, Central Cinema, Wed 10 April - book tickets
  • Palmerston North, Focal Point Cinema, Wed 10 April - book tickets
  • Hastings, Focal Point Cinema, Wed 10 April - book tickets
  • Matakana, Matakana Cinema: Wed 1 May - book tickets
  • Hamilton, Lido Cinema: Wed 1 May - check back soon to book
  • Balclutha, Riviera Cinema: Fri 3 May - book tickets
  • Timaru, MovieMax Digital: Sun 5 May - book tickets

Get your Six Inches of Soil movie tickets!

He Whenua Rongo Symposium

We're looking forward to seeing many of you at He Whenua Rongo - an Indigenous Seed, Soil and Food Sovereignty Symposium.

Taking place from the 11–13 April 2024 at Te Mahurehure Marae and Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae. The event is designed to support research and practices that champion kai atua and deliver biodiversity, food security and cultural heritage. See you there!

Grab the final tickets for He Whenua Rongo
We'd like to acknowledge the generous and ongoing support of our sponsors and partners including the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Our Land and Water & Foundation for Arable Research.

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