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Mahika kai

30 December 2019

Mahika kai is an intrinsic part of Kāi Tahu identity, and is one of the key values that Aukaha works to protect.Mahika kai is the gathering of foods and other resources, the places where they are gathered and the practices used in doing so. It has formed the basis of the Kāi Tahu economy for hundreds of years, and remains at the core of tribal economic development today.Kāi Tahu in Otago were especially reliant on mahika kai as the colder climate in southern Te Waipounamu means that kūmara doesn’t grow in the region. This made it much more difficult to establish permanent settlements and as a result Kāi Tahu in this area had a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, and went where the mahika kai was abundant and in season. This lifestyle was unique to southern Kāi Tahu, and mahika kai has played a large part in shaping Kāi Tahu tribal identity.(statement about how we will be sharing facts on various mahika kai species over the next few weeks?)

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The Annual General Meeting of Aukaha (1997) Limited is being held on Tuesday 27th November 2018 at 5.30pm. The Annual Report will be available at the meeting.

If you would like a copy of the Agenda please email your request to - info@aukaha.co.nz