Cultural Heritage

Fred has long had an interest in his Maori ancestry and through his interest in native plants has developed a deep understanding of natural medicines and natural healing as it relates to Rongoa Maori (the traditional healing system of Maori).

Freds Te Atiawa Whanau

Kiwi Herbs Limited advocates strongly the importance of New Zealands Maori cultural heritage and supports our local iwi (Maori tribal authorities) for environmental outcomes, and chooses to conduct business in a way that respects, supports and encourages Maori values and beliefs.

Kiwi Herbs Ltd will demonstrate cultural sensitivity to tribal authorities where customary harvesting occurs on Maori, government and territorial authorities lands.

As part of this, managing Director Fred Allen is actively involved in environmental guardianship (kaitiakitanga), Treaty of Waitangi claims and submissions (historical and contemporary), advocacy and government working groups on various cultural aspects related to native plants. Fred is a member and former trustee of the Te Kahui Rongoa Trust and Kiwi Herbs Ltd is registered as an interested organisation.

Within New Zealand , Kiwi Herbs Ltd will not undertake Maori traditional Rongoa services as a business. Services are to New Zealand Ministry Of Health Rongoa Standards, with these services being acknowledged by a koha (gift)and only available to whanau (family and relatives). There are herbal products, goods and services available within NZ by the same commercial (non-Maori traditional) process as international customers.

Fred has provided a model Rongoa Maori framework, being National Maori standards and National Maori Standards of Practice which were developed by Rongoa Maori practitioners.

There may also develop access and benefit sharing opportunities with Maori Tribal Authorities from collaborating international companies. There are 193 signatory countries to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and as the New Zealand Government has not ratified the supplementary agreement for the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources, Kiwi Herbs Ltd has another mechanism, Kiwi Environmental Ltd and a Kaitiaki fund account, which between them fulfill the ABS regime to collect and disperse 'Royalties' from global patents etc to indigenous Maori for environmental outcomes.

Fred Allen is of Maori descent. His Marae's are Pipitea Marae in Whanganui a Tara (Wellington) and Waikawa Marae in Totaranui (Picton). He is related to Sir Ngatata Heberly Love and Dr Kara Puketapu.

His whaler ancestor James Heberly was married to Mata te Naihi - also known as Mata te Naehe - in 1841 in Cloudy Bay by the missionary Ironside. She was descended from the Te Atiawa paramount chief Te Whiti O Rongomai 1st of the Te Whiti Hapu in Taranaki and also Neta Toia of Totaranui (Picton). Their family were living in and around the Rohe (tribal boundary) of Whanganui-A-Tara and Totaranui from 1839 to 1858. View Freds Whakapapa Here.

Fred claims Te Tino Rangatiratanga and Kaitiakitanga rights guaranteed under article 2 of the Treaty Of Waitangi.

Following are links to some documents that might be of interest:-

UN Documents
World Health Organisation Beijing Declaration

Complementary medicines are an important and culturally acceptable part of healthcare around the world. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises the long history of traditional medicine and encourages its valid and modern-day use in self-care.

Traditional medicine terminology is currently being standardised by the WHO to provide international equivalency and establish global norms, which will also allow these terms to be used as outcomes in research projects. The WHO’s 2008 Congress on Traditional Medicine that included Australia, adopted the ‘Beijing Declaration’.

The Declaration includes the following articles:

  • The knowledge of traditional medicines, treatments and practices should be respected, preserved, promoted and communicated widely and appropriately based on the circumstances in each country;
  • Governments have a responsibility for the health of their people and should formulate national policies, regulations and standards, as part of comprehensive national health systems to ensure appropriate, safe and effective use of traditional medicine;
  • Recognizing the progress of many governments to date in integrating traditional medicine into their national health system, we call on those who have not yet done so to take action;
  • Traditional medicine should be further developed based on research and innovation in line with the “Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property” adopted at the 61st World Health Assembly in 2008.
Treaty Of Waitangi Related
Wai 262 - A Report Into Claims Concerning New Zealand Law And Policy Affecting Maori Culture And Identity
Non Treaty Related
Presentations By Fred Allen

Learn Te Maori The Fun Way

Tiakipapa is a bi-lingual card game for ages 10 and up. It has general knowledge questions about the characteristics and customary uses for more than thirty different flora and fauna species. Tiakipapa can be played over and over by the kids or together as a family to enjoy the summer evenings.

Tiakipapa has also been designed to support learning in schools. It has been developed with the assistance of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo and significantly tested with families, teenagers, teachers, home school parents and school principles.

To find out more and to purchase a copy click here Tiakipapa Card Game