Hina weaves the Ancestral teachings of my people, drawing inspiration from the Ancient wisdom of Papatuanuku – Earth Mother, Rā, my celestial home, Takurua, and Hina the keeper of sacred lore around women’s cycles. Ko Amiria Raumati tenei, he uri ahau ki te Te Wai o Hua, Ngati Te Ata, Ngati Mahuta, Tainui and Taranaki.
This wahi serves as daily ritual to nourish the wairua, tinana, and hinengaro. Braided with poetry, and grounded in earth medicine. It is a pillar to direct my words out into the world, an alter to share my Ancestral blends of oils and elixirs, and a body of beauty to evoke, educate and empower change.
Te Whare o Hina is an extension of my whare. My Pou, my sons on either side of me. My space is woven with prayer, medicine and story that have been handed down by my Elders and Ancestors, gifted in circle, and explored and birthed through many years of wananga. It’s paramount this online channel remains clear so the messages received are then passed on unfiltered, in their purest form.
Exploring Aotearoa, Hawaii and North Africa activated within me, a knowing, to discern and track time and songlines. The ever-changing ecosystems of Aotea Roa guided me to a place of familiarity and belonging. Taku Ukaipo.
I weave traditional plant wisdom, Tupuna Maori worldviews, and ideologies as a mother, artist, poet and healer. I am a Romiromi and Rongoa Maori practitioner with a whakapapa in dance, performance and theatre. The wisdom of the old ones will always guide my mahi which is slowly evolving as an Indigenous writer and practioner.
I move to evoke reflection in a time of rapid human evolution and ecological purification. We live in a world that is obsessed with the idea of authority, a culture that is rooted in the need to be acknowledged and given permission to practice or share one’s gifts. We inherit gifts, but they are born to be passed on freely, for their medicine is activated within their movement, as they dance from breath to breath. I have always been a free thinker, a dreamer, and a poet, dancing my way through a world built upon half-truths.
Learning within the paradigms of my elders and in sacred space has reinforced the lore of nature that has always been internal, as much as they are external. I come from a people that are masters in oratory, our matauranga has been handed down through wananga and oral transmission; We are reclaiming our Ancestral wisdom. I speak an unwritten language of instinctual knowing, which activates and honours ones direct connection to source. The only authority I need to share my sacred offerings is that of Papatuanuku, the Plants and Nga Atua, with my Tipuna guiding my every step.
Rongoā Māori is the traditional healing system of my people, weaving ancient wisdom based upon the cycles of Hina, Indigenous plant wisdom, herbal remedies, physical treatments such as Romiromi and Ancestral healing. I stand alongside my elders and people that are all contributing to the collective ascension of Paptuanuku and Humanity as a whole.
Supporting and growing within my community is at the heart of my ethos, my rongoa is wild harvested here at home, my oils, packaging, and contributors are all based in Aotearoa in an effort to honour fellow creators and small businesses that are on a path of shared vision, thus we can grow together within a new and circular economy.