The pōhā provides a safe and durable container for transporting indigenous food around Aotearoa. It is made up of three elements 1) tītī – kai; 2) bull kelp container; and finally, 3) the outer protective hand-woven harakeke (New Zealand flax) basket which supports the bark of the tōtara tree. In combination, the two outer layers provide an intricate and natural packaging system for storing and protecting the precious contents.
Te Pōhā o Te Tītī will provide sustainable solutions to enhance and preserve muttonbirding practices via an interactive software application based on scientific research and mātauraka Māori. Like the pōhā-tītī, this application will provide a receptacle to store and protect the precious contents: the birding diary, whānau stories, and interactive monitoring tools. This proposition will enhance the cultural, social, and economic well-being of the Kāi Tahu muttonbirders.
The core values for the proposition consist of kaitiakitaka (sustainable management), innovation, whānau enterprise (working and sharing information about birding), and intergenerational knowledge.
This work would not have been possible without the funding and support of Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga.