Older men gardening on the marae: Everyday practices for being Māori
King, P., Hodgetts, D., Rua, M., & Te Whetu, T. (2015). Older men gardening on the marae: Everyday practices for being Māori. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Scholarship, 11(1), 14–28. https://doi.org/10.1177/117718011501100102
Permanent Research Commons link: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/12392
Like indigenous peoples globally, Māori are over- represented among the homeless population due to processes of colonialism, disruptions and continued socio- economic marginalization. This article explores how, through gardening and other everyday practices, a group of older Māori men who are homeless find respite, reconnection, a sense of belonging, and remember Māori ways of being. We consider how the regular participation of these men also contributes to the reconciliation of the marae (communal complex used for everyday Māori life) space that has been reclaimed by Ngāti Whātua (local Auckland tribe) after a lengthy hiatus. Our analysis foregrounds the importance of core values of manaakitanga (care for others), whanaungatanga (relationships based on shared experience or kinship) and wairuatanga (spirituality) for responses to Māori homelessness.
This article is published in the AlterNative: an international journal of indigenous scholarship. Used with permission.