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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
This weblog documents the activities of Pacific Agricultural Genetic Resources Network (PAPGREN), along with other information on plant genetic resources (PGR) in the Pacific.
The myriad varieties found within cultivated plants are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. PAPGREN, which is coordinated by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), helps Pacific countries and territories to conserve their crop genetic diversity sustainably, with technical assistance from the Bioversity International (BI) and support from NZAID and ACIAR.
SPC also hosts the Centre of Pacific Crops and Trees (CEPaCT). The CEPaCT maintains regional in vitro collections of crops important to the Pacific and carries out research on tissue culture technology. The CEPaCT Adviser is Dr Mary Taylor (MaryT@spc.int), the CEPaCT Curator is Ms Valerie Tuia (ValerieT@spc.int).
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Sunday, July 23, 2006
Posted 5:18 PM by Luigi
Seeds sown for new Maori garden
Waikato Times (NZ), 21 JULY 2006, By MARY ANNE GILL
The rain came down in buckets at Hamilton Gardens as a carved gateway, stage one of the city's $2 million pre-European Maori garden, was opened yesterday.
And that was a good sign Maori had got it right with the design, Nga Mana Toopu spokesman Wiremu Puke told the crowd that turned up for the official opening.
The Te Parapara Garden, when completed in three years, will be the first to recreate traditional Maori gardening practices.
The project aims to reconstruct Maori garden features and carved structures that were present along the Waikato River between 1840 and 1850.
The gateway symbolises the passing through from the current to the traditional world and is based on the story of a chief who went into the spiritual world to find his wife who had been kidnapped.
Te Parapara takes its name from an ancient pa that existed by the river not far from the Hamilton site. The challenge now is to raise the money needed to build the garden. Te Parapara Garden Trust, comprising trustees Mavora Hamilton, Margaret Evans, John Gallagher, Anaru Thompson, Dave Samuels, Hekeiterangi Broadhurst and kaumatua Hare Puke (patron) now have the job of working with key sponsor Wel Energy Trust to advance the project.
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