Te Māra Ranga Wairua
Te Māra Ranga Wairua. The Garden that Weaves Spirits.
Our inspiration garden has an initial grow space of 31 square meters that will grow to 45 square meters as the system matures. With just under 20,000l in the system we are creating the best environment for fish and plants based on bio-mimicry and the best science.
Te Māra Ranga Wairua produces a variety of vegetables and herbs. Cucumber, lettuce, spinach, basil through to Zinnia! As the system matures we will also add vertical grow systems to grow plentiful strawberries and tomatoes. We are also registered with the Hurunui District Council and can wholesale produce direct to other businesses. Registration certificate can be downloaded here.
Initially we are raising eel in Te Māra. Eel is the engine and the heart of the system so special care goes into honouring their mana. No eel will be wasted or be part of Aquaponics in vain.
In one tradition, a giant eel called Tuna frightened the demigod Māui's wives. To punish Tuna, Māui cut him in half. One half turned into the conger eel, which lives in the sea. The other half fell in a river and became a freshwater eel.
One of our dreams is for urban Aquaponic farms to be able to raise a healthy and plate ready protein source.
Imagine a world where we can meet the demand for healthy, organic food in our own backyards. Many nations around the globe are adopting the Circular Economy concept as a model to reduce waste and environmental impact. Aquaponics is purely Circular, being done in a Recirculating Aquaponic System with low water use and almost zero waste output. If the practice of Aquaponics can become a hobby for New Zealander’s where they produce both healthy edible fish and vegetables, we will be building towards a future of urban food security, positive environmental impact, resilience and sustainable food production systems.
The pressure must be taken off the environment. Aquaponics is a viable solution to the problems associated with traditional Agriculture and Aquaculture. Say yes to a better solution and lets do better together.