'A PAPATŪĀNUKU PLEDGED TĀMAKI MAKAURAU"
Living our lives guided by mātauranga Māori, empowered whanau, regenerative mauri of Papatūānuku.
Kōtahitanga – Being strong in our bonds, have faith and trust in each other, lead and follow when required, sharing our learnings and being honest in a mana enhancing way
Kei waho te keti– “Out the gate” innovation that has conscious intentional actions, where we are responsive and not reactive
Wairua – Be a source of mauri
Mana Motuhake – self determined strength to carry out daily practices sustainably, believe in my actions and decisions, learning from mistakes
Whanau/Hapu – Clear roles and responsibilities, living tika and pono, helping our village to thrive
Pono me te Tika – being at peace with ourselves, confident, with a cleared path
Manākitanga – Being deliberate in how we care
Kākano - Being prepared to realise the potential in ourselves and others
Marama – Expressing our light freely and celebrating our cycles
Aroha – To be deliberate and connect and breathe ‘ha’ with each other
Ko Ngati Maniapoto toku iwi
Ko Ngati Kinohaku toku hapu
Ko Tainui toku waka
Ko Pirongia toku maunga
Ko Waikato toku awa
Kei Avondale toku kainga
Ko Kaiwhakaora Mauri ahau
Malo le soifua,
O a’uo Richelle (Stowers) Kahui-McConnell
Ou te sau mai Magia,
Richelle is a Restoration Ecologist and specialist in Māori Restoration Frameworks. Her work encompasses anything that will return mauri to Papatūānuku, Ranginui and Tangaroa as well as whanau, hapu and Iwi. In accordance with our voyaging traditions, in order to get somewhere more efficiently, Richelle ‘tacks to the energy’ of the community and the environment; she is innovative and passionate about creating partnerships that deliver tangible changes in the way we live and are connected to our environment. The future for our planet is in passion and understanding our connection to each other, the environment and future generations.
On October 10th 2020, Richelle lost her long and hard fought battle with Cancer. She is succeeded by her Husband and two children, and this kaupapa, which she founded with Charmaine Baille, CEO of Uru Whakaaro.
Ko Whakarongorua te maunga
Ko Utakura te awa
Ko Matahaorua te waka
Ko Mokonuiarangi te whare tūpuna
Ko Ngapuhi te iwi
Ko Te Ngahengahe te hapū
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Awahou te awa
Ko Tīheia te maunga
Ko Tarimano te marae
Ko Te Arawa te iwi
Ko Ngāti Rangiwēwehi te hapū
Ko Waiata Rameka-Tupe toku ingoa.
As rangatahi, for rangatahi, I promote Zero Waste initiatives through a Te Āo Māori to reduce the impact we as a city are having on whenua, moana and our wellbeing.
Through my ancestors I am Māori. A rangatahi who descends from the north and the south of Te Ika a Māui; and the easiest way I can explain my power in delivering "Para Kore" across Tāmaki Makaurau is because I am not the only one who inherits mana like this.
We all have a connection to places and people through whakapapa in our families. Or, we decide to love places because the beach, flowers, sky and rivers are "beautiful" and gives us something unseen. It is my passion to protect my whanau and the next generations who are already here and encourage them to understand how we can all look after our taonga.
This is by inspiring rangatahi to be empowered by their own drive for protecting what they love.
Ko Pirongia me Mokotahi oku maunga
Ko Waikato me Waikokopu oku awa
Ko tainui me Nukutaimemeha oku waka
Ko Ngati Porou me Ngati Maniapoto oku iwi
Ko Ngati Kinohaku me Rongomaiwahine oku Hapu
Ko Rereamanu me Te Kauae nga marae
Ko Richelle Kahui-McConnell toku whaea
Ko Kelly McConnell toku matua
Ko Koha Kahui-McConnell toku ingoa
Koha is our administrative operations Manager, heading the administrative processes for Para Kore Ki Tamaki, responsible for our Zero Waste Event Management and spearheads our 'Te Mana Rangatahi Taiao' program ,in conjunction and with support from Auckland University, which aims to get Rangatahi into te Taiao to feel how they are connected to the mauri of te Taiao, see the direct effects of their consumer habits, and to give them first hand learning of functioning and harmonious ecosystems so that they can become kaitiaki in the future.
"I was in the construction industry for 4 years, and was then fortunate enough to have been offered a role in the Para Kore Ki Tāmaki team, where I began to learn the interconnectivity of everything in te Ao Maori, and how effectively ancestral teachings can be translated into a modern setting and still be just as, if not more valuable.
Since joining I have helped to facilitate haerenga for rangatahi out to Ōtata (the Noises) to help them learn about the effects that Kina barrens are currently having on our marine ecosystems, helped to manage the waste services for ASB Polyfest 2021 and presented to schools all across Tāmaki Makaurau about the impact that our current consumer behaviours are having on our Taiao."
"I am a foolish, hopeful and stubborn person and I will die before I give up saving this rock."
Marae are the hub of our Māori communities; they are the central place of learning and connecting with our traditional teachings and our whanau. Para Kore ki Tāmaki believe in the strength of the marae and work with passionate whanau to assess systems, create action plans to address how the marae purchases their food and resources and how they sort their waste streams.
We spend time training and building capacity with whanau so that we can leave the marae and know that we have Toa Para Wehewehe (Waste Champions) who will continue to protect Papatūānuku through the Para Kore systems, even when we aren’t at the marae. We are proud to say that our collective marae has diverted tonnes of rubbish from Papatūānuku since we have been on this journey together.
We have had a lot of experience with over 50 marae over the past 5 years and we know how a marae and whanau move and groove; slowly, with a tea towel in our hands but always with a passion for future generations and tupuna.
Working alongside marae includes;
An initial hui to whakawhanaunga (connect/relate)
Assessing marae waste streams, knowledge base and connection to te Taiao, alongside identifying a set of champions who are connected to their whanau and marae visions and have the passion for the kaupapa
Provide input as to the best way of increasing diversion from Papatūānuku; this could mean changing whole systems or even making small changes that make a big difference, introducing administrative systems to support the kaupapa, ordering new bin/skin bin systems, setting up wananaga for whanau, supporting development of marakai
Once systems are set up we dedicate ourselves to providing constant support, innovation and responsiveness to whanau visions and outcomes and will visit marae monthly or three/six monthly depending on their need for support
Assist in applying for funding to support your visions and goals
In this environment Para Kore Ki Tāmaki introduce the Rangatahi Environmental Leaders, who bring energy and passion "by rangatahi, for rangatahi".
We believe Kura and Kaupapa Māori rangatahi are the movers and shakers of our communities and our future; their passion knowledge, experiences create innovative ways of learning for kaitiakitanga future pathways.
WHAT WE DELIVER - “Taiohi Takeover”
For any Kura or Kura kaupapa, our goal is to reduce the overall impact of on Papātūānuku - We aim to create and guide consciousness among any rangatahi champions that want to make a difference.
A 10 week Te Ao Māori empowered programme of activations which inspires individual action based projects which is grounded in tūpuna kōrero through a Para Kore (Zero waste) lens.
Whakapapa/Pepeha - The connection of our identity to our stance in the world.
Whakawhanaungatanga - The energy in relating and connecting to others.
He Wairua - Rangatahi spaces, rangatahi energy!
Our obligation of Kaitiakitanga - The ideal in which we are responsible to the well-being of our world.
These principles define the way we collaborate with rangatahi throughout the programme, where we promote action and movement through a process of:
An initial hui to whakawhanaunga (connect and relate)
Building relationships with rangatahi to properly activate consciousness
Assessing Kura or Kura Kaupapa waste streams, knowledge bases and connection to te Taiao working with a defined or developing champions group of rangatahi so that we can introduce new systems that decrease the impact of landfill on Papatūānuku
Transference of knowledge about the whakapapa of Plastic, working towards a Conscious Climates, Plastic Pollution and Hauora (wellbeing) to empower consumer behavior change.
Connecting to Te Taiao (the natural world) where we organise connecting going outside and into the environment.
Traditional Māori games in Tāonga Tākaro.
Delivering our own "Kanoho Teina te Tangata" self-identified activation plan where rangatahi identify their own way of making change and kaitiakitanga
Check out some of the mahi we have done in previous kura, through our Vlogs on YouTube.