In our eyes, Tyne Nelson is one of New Zealand’s unsung heroes, who has built her life around the principle of working on behalf of Papatūānuku, taking direct actions to heal the land and to be a voice for the whenua (the land), the ngahere (the forest) and the rākau (plants). She’s also passionate about building connections between different communities in order to foster the collaboration we desperately need right now to heal our human and planetary ecosystems.
Tyne is a multi-talented, interdisciplinary human who weaves together loads of different mahi (work). She’s both a student and practitioner of Rongoā Maori, mentored by the legendary Robert McGowan or Pa McGowan (who you’ll hear more about in this podcast). As a contractor, she supports the Hawkes Bay Regional Council to deliver their Predator Free Hawkes Bay programme through working on Maori engagement and community research. She also supports Pa McGowan in his work for Ngā Whenua Rāhui, a funding programme that helps to protect biodiversity and remnant bush on Maori land, while upholding mātauranga maori, tikanga and tino rangtiratanga.
Tyne is also extremely passionate about zero waste. She’s the Hawkes Bay regional kaiārahi for Para Kore, a nationwide waste minimisation programme working to normalise zero waste across Māoridom. Para Kore, which means zero waste in Te Reo Māori, supports marae, kohanga, kura and Māori organisations to work towards zero waste.
In this podcast, you’ll hear lots of Māori kupu or words. We’ve created a glossary here that you can refer to if you get stuck at any point.