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Mātanga Taiao Māori - Māori Environment Consultant joins The Green Lab

The Wahi Taiao Project began in 2022 and seeks to create a space for outdoor gathering, performance, and mahi.

It weaves Matauranga Māori into its design, and responds to research that advocates for proximity to nature as a way to wellbeing. It seeks to create free-to-access, creative gathering space in the central city. We hope that it will connect people with the land, plants, and its histories in a gentle way. 

“When Ngaio sent in her application for the project internship role we were so excited,” says The Green Lab’s Director, Khye Hitchcock. “Her kaupapa, passions and skillsets are so complimentary to the mahi we do at The Green Lab, we couldn’t believe that we hadn’t already crossed paths. Over her first few months at The Green Lab, Ngaio has researched and developed a clear vision for the Wahi Taiao project, which embeds it here, relating it to mana whenua narratives, demonstrating endemic planting working with maramataka. We’re excited to work with our project partners to shape her vision into a reality.”

“It became clear early on in the process that her mahi with us would extend beyond the development of the Wahi Taiao Projects. Ngaio jumped straight into planting planning and permaculture skill sharing at the Mairehau Neighbourhood Garden project. She has already created opportunities for us to collaborate with Rekindle, where she also works. We’re excited to see where she takes the role of Mātanga Taiao Māori moving forward.”

About Ngaio

Ngaio Cowell (Ngaati Te Ata, Ngāti Porou and Tauiwi)
Role at The Green Lab: Mātanga Taiao Māori

After working in a variety of different retail spaces in a management capacity around Aotearoa and in the UK, Ngaio began working for Rekindle as Programme Coordinator as well as a tutor of Raranga and Resourceful Kai Workshops. Ngaio holds a Diploma in Communication Arts and Design from the Design and Arts College of New Zealand (2014). She is currently completing her Kawai Raupapa- Te Whare Pora at Te Wānanaga o Aotearoa. Ngaio is passionate advocate for te Ao Māori and the environment, and is involved with Māori Kai and Land Soveriegnty organisations. You can find Ngaio in the garden growing her own kai or in the Ngahere spending time with the trees and the birds.

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