The Ngapeke Kākāriki Market was created by the Ngapeke 7 Trust as a vehicle for local whanau to sell produce they have grown and products they have handcrafted. It is also the opportunity for the local community to visit the Trust’s project Ngapeke Permaculture to see all the amazing work the permaculture team have been doing over the past couple of seasons.
Ngapeke Permaculture is a project that is involves locals and whanau to realise the full potential of the whenua and it’s surroundings including the community around it. It is creating a way of life that works with the environment and not against it.
The Permaculture Project started in 2019 with the area adjacent to Kaiwha Road which had previously been in maze. A teaching garden was established around the utility shed and was used to run the Kai Oranga course in partnership with Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi. Fast forward to 2022 the Permaculture Project has extended it’s reach in terms of converting the whenua from monoculture crops to a food forest and the number of whanau who are now participating in the activities on the whenua is rapidly increasing too.
Now to the reasons you should visit the Ngapeke Kākāriki Market this weekend
Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars, that rises in midwinter and for many Māori, heralds the start of the new year. For the first time in Aotearoa, it will officially be celebrated as a rā whakatā ā-ture (public holiday) on the 24th of June 2022. It is an opportunity for all people of Aotearoa to come together and reflect on the tau (year) that has passed, celebrate the present, and plan for the future.
Each star in the cluster has a name and is a kaitiaki of a different aspect of the natural world.
Kaitiaki of health and wellbeing of people – Brings people together and connects people to the land.
HIWA I TE RANGI
Is the wishing star associated with granting our wishes, and realising our aspirations for the coming year
Kaitiaki and star associated with those that have passed on
Kaitiaki of freshwater environments
Kaitiaki of oceans – salt water environments
Kaitiaki of the winds
Kaitiaki of everything that grows within the soil to be harvested or gathered for food
Kaitiaki of everything that grows up in the trees, fruits, berries and the birds
WAIPUNA Ā RANGI
Kaitiaki of the rain
SPRAY FREE VEGES
Ngapeke Permaculture will be selling King Garlic, Salad Greens, Kumara
Jewels by J
PLANTER BOXES BY CLAUS
Wooden planter boxes, ideal for suburban living
CERAMICS & POTTERY
Rebecca Boyce Creations with a range of cups, bowls and hui feathers
NZ NATIVE SEEDLINGS
Started from seed at Ngapeke
DELICIOUS HOT COFFEE
D’Vine Grindz with a range of hot drinks to take the chill out
Fresh cooked Hangi – the perfect way to celebrate the long weekend