Taramea (Aciphylla spp.)” is listed as a taonga (treasured/sacred) and it is the intention of the Taramea Fragrance project to help reinvigorate this cultural practice and create contemporary commercial opportunities with taramea while retaining cultural authenticity for Ngāi Tahu whānau, hapū and iwi members. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu were successful in obtaining funding from the Ministry for Primary Industry (MPI) Sustainable Farming Fund to facilitate research on Taramea.
Description of the project
This project aims to identify variations in fragrance from Taramea harvested at different locations as well as developing guidelines for the sustainable management of the resource. Transects for sampling Taramea have been established at 5 sites from North of Hanmer to Garston in Otago.
- Plant and Food Research
- Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
The AgriBusiness Group’s role and contact
- Role: Field research and Input into the sustainable management guidelines
- Key contacts: Jon Manhire and Dave Lucock
- More information: http://www.ngaitahuresearch.com/runanga-projects/#/taramea/