Your guide to events in Nelson, New Zealand
Thursday 12th September 2019
Nelson Central School's Te Pouahi bilingual unit present an evening with extraordinary people who are healing the world through Māori storytelling, conservation and rongoā (traditional Māori medicine).
Rob McGowan (Ngāi Pākehā) is one of the foremost national experts on rongoā. He is affectionately known as "Pā" and is skilled in the use of Māori medicinal plants in a cultural context. He's passionate about passing on his knowledge so it is retained as part of the care and interconnection between people and the earth. Pā will share his awe-inspiring story weaving his experiences as a former priest, fluent Te Reo Māori speaker and indigenous flora restoration champion/custodian.
Joe Harawira (Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Maniapoto) is arguably the most acclaimed and travelled Māori storyteller in the world today. Joe has traversed the globe telling and performing our stories in Te Reo Pākehā and Te Reo Māori for the last 36 years. He has been employed by DOC for the past two decades and is actively sought after for his storytelling, commitment to conservation and kapa haka. Joe’s premise is that everyone is a storyteller; everyone has a story to tell.