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Te Mahi Oneone Hua Parakore: A Māori Soil Sovereignty and Wellbeing Handbook

Te Mahi Oneone Hua Parakore: A Māori Soil Sovereignty and Wellbeing Handbook

Freerange Press

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Soil health and security are key components of our wellbeing. Even so, soil is faced with many environmental challenges under the current iteration of capitalism.

A paradigm shift is needed to encourage care for this resource. In te ao Māori, soil is taonga. It is also whanaunga – it holds ancestral connections and is the root of tūrangawaewae and whakapapa. It is the source of shelter, kai and manaakitanga.

Te Mahi Oneone Hua Parakore: A Māori Soil Sovereignty and Wellbeing Handbook shines a light on Māori relationships with soil, as well as the connections between soil and food security, and frames these links within the wider discourse of tino rangatiratanga from a variety of Māori perspectives. Through a range of essays, profiles and recipes, it seeks to promote wellbeing and elevate the mana of the soil by drawing on the hua parakore Māori organics framework as a means for understanding these wide-ranging, diverse and interwoven relationships with soil.


  • Building a Rauemi Hua Parakore for Understanding Soil Health and Wellbeing by Jessica Hutchings and Jo Smith
  • Oneone Ora, Tangata Ora: Soils and Māori Health and Wellbeing by Garth Harmsworth
  • Māori Soil Sovereignty: Advocating for the Rights of Our Ancestral Soils by Jessica Hutchings
  • Nāku Koe i Whāngai (It was I that brought you up) by Nick Roskruge
  • A Vision for Soil and Food-Growing with Maanu Paul by Kiri Reihana Spraggs
  • Ngāhuia Lena: Kaitiaki of Moroiti by Teina Boasa-Dean and Ruth Nesi Bryce-Hare
  • Te Wharekura o Maniapoto: Kura ā-Iwi – Educating the Community by Yvonne Taura
  • Ruia Ngā Purapura: Sowing the Seeds by Antoine Coffin
  • Whare Uku: Living in a Home Made of Papatūānuku by Helen Potter
  • Wellbeing Through Homeopathy by Jo Smith
  • Pounamu Among the Rocks: Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae by Jo Smith
  • Tātai Tangata ki te Whenua by Kiri Reihana Spraggs
  • Ko te Kai he Rongoā, ko te Rongoā he Kai: A Kōrero About Kai, Motherhood, Soil and Wellbeing by Gretta Carney with Jo Smith
  • Recipe cards

Edited by Jessica Hutchings (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Huirapa, Gujarati) and Jo Smith (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha)

Released on Harvest: Fresh Scholarship from the Field


188, full colour