Kaupapa: Business

Māori entrepreneur offers eco-friendly alternatives for the afterlife

Talisa Kupenga
  • Te Tai Tokerau
  • Tāmaki Makaurau
  • Waikato/Te Waiariki
  • Te Tai Hauāuru
  • Te Tai Rāwhiti
  • Te Whanganui-ā-Tara
  • Te Waipounamu
  • Ahitereiria

He wahine Māori e ngakaunui ana ki tōna ahurea, ki te taiao hoki kua hanga he ara rerekē mō te tangata e whakarite tangi mo te whānau. Kua whakawhānui e Rawinia Puna tōna ūmanga pepa harakeke kia hanga te waka huia harakeke, te kāwhena inanga, he ipu harakeke, kahu harakeke hoki.

Ko tā Rawinia Puna he hononga tā te waka huia harakeke ki te taiao i te wā e tanumia te tangata.

Hei tā Rawinia Puna, Puna Ecopreneur, "Traditionally our Māori looked after our people themselves, they became instant funeral directors themselves. They created the casket or the shroud themselves. If this inspires our Māori people to do the same again then that's fantastic."

E kotahi mano ono rau tāra te utu mō tētahi waka huia. He anga kāri kua kahu e te pepa harakeke, ā, ka taea e te whānau te kōwhiri he tauira kia tā e te waimangu huawhenua.

"Inside the casket is flax fibre, it's stripped, clean, flax fibre and that can be used for bedding it can be used for the pillow and it can be used as an adornment,” tā Puna.

Kua hokona atu tēnei momo waka huia ki Ahitereiria, Itāria, ki Ūropi hoki. Ka hangaia tētahi i roto i ngā rā e toru.

Hei tā Puna, "I hope other people pick up this idea, not only Māori, because green burials are the way to go, and planting a tree on a loved one is the best thing we can give back to the whenua and to the person that we love."

He momo waka huia harakeke, kahu harakeke hoki ka hangaia e Puna mō ngā mōkai, i te mea ki ētahi he whānau hoki rātou.