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What is Mana Motuhake?

As a verb, the word motuhake means to separate, to set aside, to position independently, or to stand-alone. There is difficulty translating the word mana but it can be read to mean spiritual power, respect, and autonomy. Ihi is another concept in ...
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A guide to caring for dry winter skin

Our skin gets dry in winter. The drop in climatic temperature means that the air is drier leading to parched, dehydrated skin. Cold air also usually has lower water content than warm air, because warm air is moving faster, allowing water to exist ...
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The similarities between Māori traditional beliefs and Japanese Shintōism

Shintōism is a religion which originated in Japan in the 8th century CE and was formalized in the 19th century during the Meiji Restoration. It revolves around the worship of specific deities, spirits or kami, which are said to inhabit places such...
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How Harekeke was used traditionally by Māori

Harakeke is a plant in the flax family found in the New Zealand native bush that Māori traditionally used for a variety of purposes.  Ideally, Harekeke grows in wet locations and has straight, long bladed leaves strengthened by a robust mid-rib. ...
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How do solar panels work?

With no central power on Aotea, there is a strong reliance on renewable energy. There is extensive use of solar and wind power and a strong ethos of sustainability and environmentally friendly living on the island. Our manufacturing facilities on ...
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The science behind using Mānuka honey as a cleanser

It is apparent when comparing the two, that Mānuka honey is different to regular honey. Mānuka honey with its dark colour and thick texture can only be produced by bees pollinating the Leptospermum scoparium plant, commonly known as mānuka trees w...
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