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WHO WE ARE

Ko Pirongia tōku maunga

Ko Waikato tōku awa

Ko Kāwhia tōku moana

Ko Tainui tōku waka

Ko Ngāti Mahuta me Ngāti Maniapoto nga iwi

Ko Maketu me Te Koraha nga marae

No Kāwhia ahau

Ko Jasmine ahau.

-PURPOSE-

Reconnecting and restoring our ancestral knowledge and traditions

-VISION-

Inspire and encourage our communities to appreciate, understand, restore and protect our traditional resources of our cultural heritage

-MISSION-

Increase cultural awareness, understanding and tikanga with a larger and more diverse community of people and work towards preservation

-OUR VALUES-

Aroha – Love: The need to have respect for ourselves and for others. The need to ensure we support our whanau and keep them together.


Manaakitanga -Caring: The need to care for and help each other. The importance of caring about our iwi, whānau, communities and future generations.


Katiakitanga – Guardianship: The need to protect and preserve our taonga and all of the things that we treasure. The need to preserve the tikanga and history of our cultural traditions and resources, which is the essence of who we are. It is our heritage.


Whanaungatanga – Relationships: The importance of our people learning and valuing their relationships with each other, their whanau and community. The relationships we develop by working co-operatively with ourselves and with others.


Kotahitanga – Unity: The need to work in unity to ensure we move as one as we pursue our

dreams and goals.


Wairuatanga– Spirituality: The need to never lose sight of the wairua within us.

WHAT IS BLACK FLAX?

BLACK FLAX creates products and services by using natural traditional resources and skills to minimize

environmental waste and promote traditional education.

WHAT DOES THE NAME BLACK FLAX REPRESENT?

BLACK FLAX represents a traditional native variety of harakeke/flax called – Taeore. It is very fine, tall, bendy, with pale blue-green leaves and black margins and keel. It is said to originate from Maniapoto and Opunake and is regarded as a muka/flax fibre cultivar. This is my most favourite harakeke variety to work with for functional and medicinal purposes.

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