Te Kawa Robb is an advocate for the protection of our taiao, from working in marine environments with rangatahi, to minimising waste. He and his small whanau are striving to connect to food systems in a way which acknowledges the whakapapa of the food they consume. Where has the food come from? Which soils did it grow in? Whose hands has it passed through? In doing so, Te Kawa hopes that we can illuminate and then reduce the ways in which our interactions with food systems might harm our local and national environments.
For Te Kawa ‘he kai kei aku ringa’ denotes not only the nourishment that has come from someone’s hands, but the knowledge and skills shared between people about how to consciously engage in food systems whether as gatherers, divers, hunters or even just learners.