Topic: Matariki Lecture: Rongoa Maori by Rob McGowan (2016)

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On 6 July 2016 Rob McGowan delivered two lectures on Rongoa Maori: Learning from the Seasons as part of the Tauranga Moana Matariki Festival. Photos: Debbie McCauley.

Rob McGowan, has been involved for more than 20 years in teaching, researching and assisting Māori re-engage in traditional uses of NZ native plants, particularly for medicine (rongoā Māori). He is one of the foremost authorities on rongoā Māori (traditional Māori medicine) and is well respected nationally for his work with and for the restoration of rongoā Māori practice in New Zealand.

Matariki Lecture: Rongoa Maori by Rob McGowan (2016)

Rongoā Māori (traditional Maori Medicine) is much more than the chemistry of the plants used for medicine. It is a knowledge that has grown out of centuries of living in Aotearoa and understanding of the connections between all that makes up the natural world of New Zealand.

Matariki Lecture: Rongoa Maori by Rob McGowan (2016)

Rob's presentation focussed on how that knowledge developed and looked at some of the tohu (indicators) that helped traditional healers to learn how to find in the environment what they needed to help people stay in good health, and to find healing when that was needed. It wasn’t just the plants that were the source of healing; even the birds had a special place and the seasons themselves very much dictated the boundaries that needed to be respected to enable people in thrive in a world much different to our own.

Matariki Lecture: Rongoa Maori by Rob McGowan (2016) 

Times may be different but there is much to be learnt from those traditions and the wisdom that underpinned them to help us to care for the place we call home.

Matariki Lecture: Rongoa Maori by Rob McGowan (2016)

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Matariki Lecture: Rongoa Maori by Rob McGowan (2016)


Year:2016