Events delve into Māori rock art

Māori rock art site west of Duntroon. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Māori rock art site west of Duntroon. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Two events are planned to help inform both rural professionals and the wider farming community about Māori rock art and mahika kai.

Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua, the Ngāi Tahu Māori Rock Art Trust and Environment Canterbury are holding the events.

The first event aims to educate rural professionals about protecting Māori rock art on farms in South Canterbury.

Māori rock art in South Canterbury was mostly located on limestone, which was a vulnerable canvas which could be easily impacted by human and farming activity.

It would give practical advice and information about the rules that are now in place.

The second event is aimed at the farming community and is dedicated to mahika kai which was the traditional valuing of food resources, along with their gathering and protection.

The talks will explore the wider Ngāi Tahu history and culture surrounding the sites.

They will also discuss the impacts of land use on rock art, practical advice on steps that can be put in place to help, and the regulatory expectations of the regional council.

The first talk will be held at the Pleasant Point Town Hall next Thursday from 10am till noon, and the second will take place from 2pm-4pm.