There is high demand for indigenous knowledge spanning back 1500 years and a Rotorua initiative is offering the opportunity for those seeking it to reconnect.

Healthy Families Rotorua is holding a "webinar" to learn how to use the maramataka to benefit health and well-being.

Maramataka, or Māori lunar calendar, has no months, just periods, or ngā wā o te tau. Today the maramataka has been aligned with the Gregorian calendar to fit into a modern time.

Historically, the Maramataka was consulted for almost any activity taking place in an iwi community. Photo / File
Historically, the Maramataka was consulted for almost any activity taking place in an iwi community. Photo / File

It focuses on energy translated through tohu (signs) which indicate when it is better to do certain activities than other days like harvesting and

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