Green Living: Beautiful Extended Whānau

Journey into the world of Koia and Robyn, living sustainably in Manurewa, Auckland, with 9 other whānau members in a ‘not much bigger than average’ sized house.  The episode starts with Koia leading a pōwhiri to formally welcome Tim and Waveney into their home and bless their time together.  After the pōwhiri, Robyn shares her homemade feijoa cake and extraordinary feijoa skin fermented fizzy drink (how to details in episode). The manaaki and aroha flow out of Koia and Robyn, encompassing not just their whānau, but their community, and their environment. They both work professionally supporting others to be their best, Robyn working with tamariki at a kōhanga reo (https://www.kohanga.ac.nz/) ; and Koia working with community members at the ME Family Services centre in Mangere East (http://www.mefsc.org.nz/).  Koia shares from the heart about how Whare Tapa Whā transformed his life and about how they got to where they are today as a whānau.  

Glossary of terms:

·   Whānau / family

·   Pōwhiri / welcome ceremony

·   Manaaki / to show respect, generosity and care for others

·   Aroha / love

·   Tamariki / children

·   Kōhanga reo /  Māori  language nest school

·   Whare Tapa Whā / a Māori model of health and wellbeing encompassing:

o   Taha tinana (physical health)

o   Taha wairua (spiritual health)

o   Taha whānau (family health)

o   Taha hinengaro (mental health)


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