Building Indigenous Food Sovereignty with the Hua Parakore Organic Framework

Hua Parakore was established in Aotearoa New Zealand by Te Waka Kai Ora, the National Māori Organic Authority. It provides a framework using Indigenous values – Māori principles – for producing natural food without chemical inputs or GMO. It also encapsulates the Māori worldview in its approach to how food growers are verified as Hua Parakore, with principles that require practitioners to deeply consider such things as their connection with the land, its energy, the many species living on it, and their community.

This documentary provides an insight into Hua Parakore from the perspective of one of its most knowledgeable practitioners – Dr Jessica Hutchings was one of the researchers who helped develop the framework.

We couldn’t possibly do justice in one short film to everything that framework encapsulates, so we’ve also released the full-length interview we shot with Jessica, for those wishing to form a deeper understanding of Indigenous food sovereignty and the Hua Parakore framework. Find the link to that interview below.

**Find out more about Hua Parakore**
Te Waka Kai Ora:
Jessica Hutchings:
Full-length interview with Jessica Hutchings:

Purchase Jessica’s books via links on her website: (The two books we’ve read – which have partly Māori-language titles but are both written in English – are: “Te Mahi Mara Hua Parakore: A Māori Food Sovereignty Handbook” and “Te Mahi Oneone Hua Parakore: A Māori Soil Sovereignty and Wellbeing Handbook”.)

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** Film credits **
Directed & written by Jordan Osmond & Antoinette Wilson
Produced by Antoinette Wilson
Cinematography and editing by Jordan Osmond
Story feedback and suggestions from Nick Tucker
Te reo Māori subtitles by Melanie Nelson

** To our wonderful supporters on Patreon, who helped make this film happen:
Cynthia Carter, Dennis Lange, Teresa Ruman, Elvin Chua, Raphael Hug, Dave Evans, Mark Denekamp, Julian Maher, Jenny Grainger, Sue Campbell, Melissa Tripodi, Filip Zeman, Greg and Rachel Hart, Brian Newton, Susan Hunsberger, Kirti Patel, Kelly Milikins, Kimberly Levesque, Nathan Kitchen, Alex Muir, Geoffrey Torkington, Tiitus Laine, Matthew Zimmer, Rex and Jo, Jess O’Shea, Lyb, Rahul Banerjee, Moana Kiff, Ron Hastie, David, Jonathan Wise, Georjette Mercer, Mary Conlan, Kate Hall, Lauren, Carolyn Gillum, V.J. Raghavan, Cicely Jette Stewart, Brett Davidson, Pierre Blom, Namaste Foundation, Sankar Madhavan.

** Subtitles and closed captions **
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