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Guardians of Titirangi share knowledge

Sharing knowledge and a passion for kaitiakitanga, or guardianship, of Titirangi Maunga is just “all part of the kaupapa” for the Whaia Titirangi project team.

Whaia Titirangi is a holistic partnership programme between Ngati Oneone and Gisborne District Council to care for Titirangi/Kaiti Hill.

There is a big focus on weed management, but the project also aims to help whanau and the community learn about what is in their backyard, and how to be kaitiaki of our taiao (environment).

The Whaia Titirangi whanau is especially keen to share their passion of kaitiakitanga with young minds.

The team have already held a few community weeding days, where they have been joined by preschoolers of early childhood centres, and community groups, with a desire to help look after the maunga (mountain).

Last week the Whaia Titirangi whanau of Mihikura Te Pairi and Jordan Tibble and fellow kaitiaki James Peterson held a special educational workshop with students of Te Kura Reo Rua o Waikirikiri at Te Poho o Rawiri Marae.

The team explained to the children what they do each day, and what their aspirations are.

“We save trees,” said Jordan. “By killing weeds, we save our natives.”

They were also joined by “passionate bug enthusiast” Mark Tutty, who gave the children a presentation on bugs in our backyard.

Project manager Ranell Nikora said the Whaia Titirangi whanau is always open to having educational sessions with groups.

If any schools or groups are interested contact Ranell at the Gisborne District Council.

TEAM MAUNGA: Last week the Whaia Titirangi whanau of Mihikura Te Pairi (front) and Jordan Tibble (front left), and fellow kaitiaki James Peterson (front right), held a special educational workshop with students of Te Kura Reo Rua o Waikirikiri at Te Poho o Rawiri Marae.