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Natural Tonics Workshop

Natural Tonics Workshop

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  • Sun 7 Oct ’18, 2:00pm – 4:00pm


Tapu Te Ranga Marae, 44 Rhine St, Island Bay, Wellington


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

As part of CompassionFest Island Bay, we're offering a practical experience in making traditional Maori medicines - rongoa.

Ever wondered how rongoā are made? Join our fun field-based workshop and learn - as did Island Bay icon Suzanne Aubert:
- Identify native plants around the marae
- Learn how to harvest and use plants correctly
- Rongoā demonstration in the marae
- Make and enjoy kawakawa tea

Registrations essential!
Email: amber.parrystrong@gmail.com

A Festival of Compassion in South Wellington. Join in our weekend of events exploring the life and work of Mother Suzanne Aubert, New Zealand and Island Bay icon!

Suzanne Aubert (1835 – 1926) devoted her life to helping others. Her work took her from France to the Whanganui River and finally to Island Bay in Wellington. Along the way she founded a new Catholic congregation, cared for children and the sick, and documented her work in Māori, English and French.

In 1872 Mother Aubert began experimenting with medicine, developing her own herbal remedies, drawing on traditional Maori medicine as well as her own nursing and botanical background. She gradually gained recognition from the doctors of the region who grew to trust her treatments and ‘cures’ completely.

She learnt to recognise every species of leaf and plant, and subsequently discovered their curative properties.

Mother Aubert founded the religious order ‘Daughters of Our Lady of Compassion’ in 1892. She later started two hospitals in Wellington: St Joseph’s Home for the Incurables in 1900, and Our Lady’s Home of Compassion in 1907. The Soup Kitchen she started in Tory St continues its service today.

Full Festival programme also on Eventfinda.

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