Mana Kai: He moumou kai, he moumou tāngata

Fiona Wiremu & Mate Heitia - IIRC20
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Indigenous minds are collectivising to resist the persisting inequalities of neo-liberal contestations over the control and politics of kai. Global indigenous communities are replanting their traditional seeds of knowledge against the backdrop of conglomerate and political interference. Despite this, locally and regionally developed kai sources (Te Tai Ao: The Natural Environment) that are led by indigenous peoples and indigenous way so knowing and being are creating new forms of economies (Whai Rawa) that are yielding healthy and well communities (Mauri Ora: Human Flourishing).

Mātauranga Māori (Māori Knowledge) pertaining to the mana (prestige, authority, control, power, influence, status) of kai (sustenance that is both physical and spiritual) is transferred across generations (inter-generational) and between generations (intra-generational). This panel will present research on a collective framework of transforming kai elements that has at its core mātauranga Māori informed kai governance, systems of kai control, and engagement in the (re)production of kai that give rise to tino rangatiratanga (self-determination) and kawanatanga (governance). The tenets of mana atua (spiritual connection), mana tūpuna (inter-generational), mana Māori (cultural identity), mana whenua/mana moana (environmental sustainability), mana tāngata (equity of the people), mana rawa (economic prosperity), and mana motuhake (sovereignty/authority) have been applied within the context of kai to support the collective destiny of whānau (family), hapū (sub-tribe), iwi (tribe) and communities to be support tino rangatiratanga and kawanatanga. Biography