I’m excited to see that Professor Rangi Mātāmua was awarded the title of New Zealander of the Year last night. I have a small insight into how hard he has worked to raise awareness of Matauranga Māori, particularly Māori Astronomy and Matariki. I will forever be grateful for his generosity and patience as we developed Feast Matariki. Ngāi mihi nui ki a koe. E te kāhu kōrako!
I know this will be a celebration for all those who support his work as well and particularly want to acknowledge Victoria Campbell, Ngāi Tahu Māori Astronomer.
It’s been a big fortnight in our world as we continue to press for a national food strategy and for all of us to consider the importance of food security in the face of the cost of living crisis, natural disasters and geo-political tensions.
How do we create space for local food when our food system is dominated by export and a supermarket duopoly? Interestingly, I’ve had conversations with both exporters and supermarkets this week and those representing them can see value in allowing thriving local food systems. Grateful for the attention of media (see below) and the opportunity to meet with the Minister of Agriculture about food security.
If you have a voice, I encourage you to speak up now for access to nourishing food that feeds us physically, culturally and socially. Collectively we have a real opportunity for change.
CE Eat New Zealand.
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