Mai i Taumata o Apanui ki Pōtaka
Ko Whanokao te maunga
Ko Mōtū te awa
Ko Apanui te tangata
Ko Te Whānau-a-Apanui te iwi
Ko Ora Barlow ahau, nō Te Kaha
Storyteller, Musician, Artist, Activist, Kaitiaki, Organiser, Facilitator and slave to her iwi , Ora can organise large scale events, dive for kina’s and kill a rat with just a stare (well, if looks could kill that is ..)
That kind of passion has turned to te taiao. Through the years she has worked to design a clear strategy: building large-scale relationships to tackle large scale te taiao restoration. Ora believes Māori communities are trying to bring the mauri back to their ngahere, but on the scale we need, we have to find the right allies and friends to help us.
Ora is joining the team to assist their Eastern Brown Kiwi strategy and to support whānau around the motu to build their strategy that champions strong factual pathways to resilient decisions for maximum te taiao recovery within their own community. In the kind words of Desmond Tutu,
The world’s forests are a shared stolen treasure that we must put back for our children’s future
Ka ora te tangata; ka ora te whenua. The health of the people is intrinsically linked to the health of the land, and vice versa. Protecting what we still have and restoring what we have lost, is never more important or urgent than it is now.