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Meretini Bennett Huxtable

About me

Meretini Bennett Huxtable
An advocate and practitioner of living by the indigenous lunar calendar

"Kai Raumati, Kai Makariri i te hinu o te whenua"

We find sustenance in summer and winter. The land can provide in the warm and cold you just need to know how.

Ko Aorangi te maunga tapu
Ko Ruahine ngā pae maunga
Ko Rangitikei, ko Moawhango Rahi, ko Hautapu ngā awa
He mokopuna ahau o Nga Iwi Nui Tonu o Mokai Patea
Ko Ngati Whitikaupeka, ko Ngati Tamakopiri, ko Ngai te Ohuake, ko Ngati Hauiti Ko Moawhango, ko Opaea, ko Winiata, ko Rata ngā Marae
Ko Meretini Bennett-Huxtable tōku ingoa.

I live on a rural property in the central North Island 20 minutes from Taihape flanked by all the landmarks and sites of significance as told through my whakapapa and from my tūpuna who once called all this whenua, home. I have been actively part of the movement of Maramataka in the Whanganui, Rangitīkei and Ruapehu region over the past 4 years. Supporting to build the capacity for practitioners to monitor the environment, ecological systems and wellbeing of self, to help actively apply our Mātauranga and tupuna knowledge. This is a re-thinking on how uri are able to read and record the movements and changes in the heavens, on the land, waterways and oceans, in animals and our human interaction with the environment through traditional forms of composition, art and memorisation as well as utilising modern tools.

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