Te Ara Hou is a mother of three, and a new student at Toihoukura, a Māori visual arts school. She and her whānau recently made the big move away from her childhood home in Porirua to Gisborne. Raising her tamariki in a new environment and in the context of a supportive wider commuity has made a huge difference in Te Ara Hou’s life as she heals from past traumatic experiences.
While circumstances can change from week to week raising three energetic tamariki, school, and the demands of everyday life, the quality of food can often be a luxury to think about. Nevertheless, Te Ara Hou is doing the best she can by her tamariki.
‘He kai kei aku ringa’ for her is a calling of encouragement; a calling for her to keep reaching out for more; to fill hers hands with the skills needed to collect the kai that’s available at hand.