An evening with Philip Simpson & Kyle Davis - Wednesday 14th November 2018 6.30pm

Come and find inspiration in the knowledge of others - in Philip Simpson's botanical perspective on tī kōuka and tōtara in this region, & in Kyle Davis's archaeological perspective & a Ngāi Tahu perspective of local necessary traditions/mahi tuturū.

On Wednesday 14 November 2018 from 6.30pm we have Philip Simpson & Kyle Davis  speaking in the beautiful old Gym at the Arts Centre. Tickets are $8, or $5 if you have a ticket to the main Necessary Traditions event.

Philip Simpson - Botanist & Author

This presentation The Waitaha/Canterbury heritage of Tī kōuka and Tōtara outlines the natural occurrence of cabbage trees and totara in the Canterbury region. It examines how the sequence of iwi have utilized both resources, and how Pakeha who followed did likewise. Finally it looks at the present day situation, how nature is responding and how people are managing the resource that remains.

 Philip Simpson is a botanist and author of much loved Dancing Leaves: The Story of New Zealand’s Cabbage Tree, Tī Kōuka (Canterbury University Press, 2000), and Pōhutukawa and Rātā: New Zealand’s Iron-hearted Trees (Te Papa Press, 2005). Both books won Montana Book Awards in the Environment category and Pōhutukawa and Rātā also won the Montana Medal for best non-fiction book. More recently, Philip wrote Tōtara: A Natural and Cultural History (Auckland University Press, 2017), and on November 19th 2018 his new work, Down the Bay (Potton & Burton, 2018) on the Abel Tasman National Park is being published. 

We are so grateful Philip is coming to join Necessary Traditions from his home in Mohua Golden Bay to share his knowledge of tōtara & tī kōuka in Waitaha Canterbury.

As part of Necessary Traditions, Philip is offering a field trip at Pūtaringamotu Riccarton Bush on Wednesday 14th November 2018 from 1pm to 3pm.


Kyle Davis (Ngāi Tahu, nō Wairewa me Ōraka-Aparima) - Archaeologist

An archaeological perspective & a Ngāi Tahu perspective of local necessary traditions/mahi tuturū.

Kyle Davis  is currently an Environmental consultant and Ngāi Tahu Rock Art Fieldworker with a background in archaeological field research, cultural mapping and material culture experimental analysis and he will share an archaeological perspective on Māori traditional practices such as fire-making, pigment preparation, (including Rock Art), Argillite and Silcrete stone-flaking.


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