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Build your own maara kai vegetable garden



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Have you ever thought about growing some of your own kai?  It can be a fun, active, and affordable way to feed your whānau, with all the added benefits of healthy produce free of sprays and additives like sugar, fat and salt.

This video and step by step guide shows you how to build your own thriving no-dig vegetable garden, or ‘maara kai’.  A maara kai is a great way to live off the land and use traditional self-sufficiency. 

The maara kai vegetable garden in this video was built at Toroa Marae (Pupuaruhe) in Whakatāne.  Use it as a guide when building your own maara kai at your marae, home, school, workplace, or when contributing to a local community garden.

For more information about building a maara kai, email

For information regarding community gardens in your local area, contact your local district council.

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