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AUT Matariki Gardens

North Campus AE Block

North Matariki Gardens: Welcome

Our purpose

These gardens were created as a celebration of Matariki - Māori New Year. Planting is, historically, a very important part of Māori culture, entailing both social and spiritual dimensions. The planting and harvesting of various plants were a collective activity, which encouraged involvement by all members to contribute to the success of the land. Food was acknowledged as coming from Atua (gods) and the tasks involved with gardening such as planting and harvesting were managed and maintained through Tikanga (customary practises), particularly the use of tapu. It was through this deep historical connection with the land that has brought about the significance of gardening to Māori people, and the Māra (garden) that was established outside the Whānau room at AUT North campus.

North Matariki Gardens: About


Traditional Māori medicine in our māra

North Matariki Gardens: Products


Kawakawa has easily distinguishable heart-shaped leaves
It is commonly used in Rongoa Māori (Māori medicine) for:

Skin conditions
Gastrointestinal complaints
Musculoskeletal complaints
Wounds and bruising



Mānuka produces a nectar that bees turn into honey, which is
well known for its curative properties
It is commonly used in Rongoa Māori (Māori medicine) for:

Kidney and urinary problems
Digestive problems & diarrhoea
Chest congestion & sinus problems
Oral Hygiene - Halitosis & Gingivitis
Muscle & joint aches



Horopito has a very “hot taste”
It is commonly used in Rongoa Māori (Māori medicine) for:
Gastrointestinal complaints, stomach pain & diarrhoea
Poor circulation
Skin conditions

Wounds and bruising
Coughs & colds

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