Health & Fitness
Organic NZ

Organic NZ March - April 2020

Organic NZ is filled with info to live a healthier lifestyle - for you and the planet! Published by the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand, working since 1941 for sustainable organic agricultural and good health. Topics range from home garden to large-scale success stories; eco-building; urban organics; genetic engineering & chemical issues; food matters & natural health.

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Soil & Health Association of NZ Inc
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
living well

Published by the Soil & Health Association of NZ Inc. Planning is well underway for Organic Week 2020, with groups throughout the country working out how to showcase organic growing, local food and living well. What do we mean by living well? So often this is interpreted as learning to love myself, understand myself, be kind to myself, challenge myself so that some time somewhere I can think about other people. How often have you read that it’s not possible to love others unless you love yourself? Yet most spiritual paths warn against placing yourself at the centre of the universe. A glance through any issue of Organic NZ will give us insights into very different priorities. We make the links between soil and health, and recognise that humans live well when the…

1 min.
our people

A warm welcome to Liliana Clarke, our new maramataka (moon calendar) contributor. Liliana has Ngāti Porou, Waikato, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi and Scottish (Isle of Arran) whakapapa. Liliana is passionate about Māori achieving their aspirations in pūtaiao (science). Her background in resource and environmental planning and Māori natural resource management has been useful in her work with iwi and hapū, universities and councils. Recent research interests include environmental contamination issues affecting Māori communities, and traditional and contemporary applications of maramataka. She is a committee member of Te Kāhui Manu Hōkai (Māori Geographical Information Systems Association). Liliana is a former lecturer at Te Ahu Taiao, the Environmental Studies Faculty at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi; and pūtaiao facilitator for Poutoko Mātauranga (Rural Education Activities Program – REAP) working with kura, wharekura and schools to…

3 min.
listen to nature

I was awestruck when I first discovered that Māori had a name for every single night of the moon. Every single night! They distinguish between tonight’s moon and tomorrow’s moon, the one after that, and so on through the whole cycle of the moon. Also I read in Rangi Matāmua’s book Matariki that Māori had named some stars that other peoples could not see with the naked eye, but later found with the aid of a telescope. To have such excellent sight, and to be so observant and in tune with natural cycles is truly awesome. So when departing moon calendar compiler Rachel Pomeroy suggested Organic NZ could publish a maramataka based calendar, we agreed, and this issue we launch our new maramataka, by Liliana Clarke. Liliana has also provided some background…

1 min.
winning letter

HUA PARAKORE AND BICULTURALISM In the November/December 2019 issue of Organic NZ the editor described names of gardening movements in Pākehātanga. It would be awesome to balance those English words with descriptions about Māori gardening practices. Maramataka is living and gardening by the lunar cycle. Hua parakore is a traditional gardening system informed by Māori kaupapa. It is based on six interconnected principles: whakapapa (genealogy), wairua (spirit), mana (prestige), māramatanga (light), mauri (life force) and Te Ao Tūroa (nature). We can all do a little bit to become more bicultural and I would love to see more te reo and kaupapa Māori throughout the Organic NZ magazine. Nicolina Newcombe Hamilton Kia ora Nicolina! Thanks very much for your email and your suggestions. Yes, it would have been good in that editorial to mention Māori gardening practices. Over…

4 min.
your letters

CHEMICAL POISONING COVER You wanted to know our reaction to the cover of the Jan/Feb issue, so here’s one response. I’m a subscriber. However, I think that cover is totally appropriate to our time. I look at it and think – not only chemical poisoning – but constant ash in the air. I can see it, I am breathing it. I think: what are we doing to this Earth? We constantly poison our surroundings in so many ways. I think: there is that madman, most powerful person on Earth, and what is he doing to us ALL? All – meaning every living thing. It IS an ominous figure there on the cover. We are living in extremely ominous times and we need every single human on this planet to realise this. The coronavirus…

2 min.
book reviews

For the Love of Soil Strategies to regenerate our food production systems Nicole Masters (Printable Reality, 2019) This is a clarion call for a regenerative revolution, and has my vote for book of the year. Read it, give it, share it – not only with farmers, growers and gardeners, but anyone with a stake in our food and environment. Agroecologist Nicole Masters is a born storyteller, starting with her own family life and motivations, and what was eventually diagnosed as paraquat poisoning. This book is at once a comprehensive soil science primer and a heartfelt personal memoir. The author’s lively enthusiastic style makes it easy to grasp the science. Nicole introduces the various soil creatures and their interactions with each other and with plants. She outlines the carbon cycle, the water cycle, shows how to read weeds…