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Natures Wisdom for Protecting Mother Earth

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We are a global indigenous team of traditional knowledge holders and experts, artists, story tellers, illustrators and researchers dedicated to the advancement of indigenous governance and practices of traditional knowledge, innovations and practices

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te tui shortland

Tui has dedicated her life to supporting the advancement of indigenous rights in guardianship of Mother Earth. Born in her matriarchal ancestral territories of Ngati Kikopiri, she was named Tui after the endemic forest bird which was going extinct at the time of her birth. She grew up under her ancestral mountain range Tararua standing 1,500 metres above sea level, her ancestor river Ohau flowed deep and cool with river stones and rapids which was a common visiting place.

 

Her great grandmother lived in Otaki and she spent a lot of time with her grandfather who would row over to from Otaki to tend the cultivations and was a descendant of the Norton whaling family. Tui became an activist early in life whilst living with her grand parents in Whanganui and attending wananga with Morvin Simon during the year of the occupation of Pakaitore in 1995. Running Waitangi Commemorations youth forum for years up to organising protest marchs and occupations as a Treaty and GE Free activist. Tuis love for the forest was further fostered by her father who ran a traditional medicine clinic in Whangarei and would teach her what to gather in the forest.

By the time Tui was 20 had an indepth knowledge of native forests and ecosystems and particularly of wild foods. And has spent the last twenty years advancing indigenous cosmologies in the environmental management space, committing 8 years internationally and 12 years for her tribal authorities. She has served in governance roles of Hihiaua Cultural Centre 2008-2020 and Ngati Hine Forestry Trust as well as international indigenous organisations such as the International Indian Treaty Council and Cultural Survival.

Learn more about Te Tui Shortland's background on this link

 
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To inspire wellbeing by reconnecting people to indigenous values and cosmologies of Mother Earth

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Natures Wisdom for Protecting Mother Earth

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