The planting will begin at approximately 8:30am and public are invited along to watch and speak with the Gardens’ team about food cultivation.
Gardeners and local iwi in New Zealand’s only traditional Maaori productive garden will plant kumara on Monday 16 November.
Kumara is grown annually in Te Parapara Garden. The gardening team will be assisted by Ngati Wairere elders. Each year the harvested kumara is distributed to the Salvation Army, Te Arikinui Kiingi Tuheitia and Ngati Wairere elders.
Te Parapara was originally the name of the pre-European Maori settlement in what is now the centre of Hamilton Gardens. Before Europeans arrived the riverbanks throughout central Waikato were lined with many Maori gardens, so the Waikato /Tainui horticultural heritage in this area is of national significance. The Te Parapara /Hamilton Gardens site was at one time home to Haanui, a famous Ngati Wairere chief, and was particularly renowned as a site of sacred rituals associated with the harvesting of food crops.