Korero - our Blog

We want to share everything that’s going on here at Ora — from new products to upcoming events — as well giving you an insight into what makes us unique.

  • 13/12/2011 2:11:46 pm

    Business - Kaipakihi

    Ok, as a new seed…. startup and emerging business…. Ora says

    Lets hear it  for the business incubators of Aotearoa.   They are created to support new business and make sure they don’t fall in the kumara pit.

    Soda Inc in Hamilton has been a Supporter, Mentor, Friend of ORA all the way and we are so grateful to have the opportunity to develop under their guidance.  

    All you Entreprenurers out there… ‘bite the bullet’ and get mentorship where you can, they can pick you up from the fall or even better still, stop you falling at all!!! ….

    Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui!  Be strong, Be Brave, Be Forthright!

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  • 12/12/2011 9:36:57 am


    Aotearoa has some great fashion! And some really good Maori models … take a look at Ariels video:


    We would love to use Ariel one day …. Its gonna happen one day!!

    She's naturally beautiful and sensual !!

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  • 10/12/2011 9:35:16 am

    Te Reo Maori (the Maori Language)

    We believe Maori is a beautiful language that you can learn to connect you to the world around you.

    Here are some words introducing you to some of these natural wonders and beauty of Aotearoa

    Papatuanuku (papa-tuu-aa-nu-ku) – (earth mother)

    Ranginui (raa-ngee-nu-e) – (sky father)

    Maunga (mow-nga) – (mountain)

    Awa (are-wa) – river

    Moana (more-are-na) – ocean

    Whenua (fair-nu-a) – land

    Maori introduce themselves formally through identifying their maunga, their awa, their whenua, their tribal connection, so we know, who that person is.

    We always acknowledge Papatuanuku and Ranginui in formal speeches for all they provide to us.  

    Mauriora (mow-ree-ora) – Be Well !!

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    Te Reo
  • 9/12/2011 9:33:00 am

    Pikopiko Pesto

    You’ll love the modern twist Charles Royal has given this delicious spread, which is quick and easy to make. For times when fresh pikopiko is hard to come by, use the powdered form, and you will still achieve a great flavour and colour.

    100g sunflower seeds
    25g ground flaxseeds
    2 teaspoons pikopiko powder
    ¼ ricebran oil
    Pinch of salt
    Makes: Approximately 150g
Time: 10 minutes

    1. In a frypan, lightly toast the sunflower and flaxseeds in a teaspoon of oil until slightly brown.  Keep an eye on the pan as the seeds are notoriously quick to burn. Should this happen, toss out the burnt seeds to the birds and start the process again. As soon as the seeds are done, remove them from the pan and set them aside or they will continue to cook.

    2. Use a mortar and pestle to blend the seeds, pikopiko powder and oil well until the pesto reaches the consistency you prefer.  I like mine a little chunky.
3. Adjust seasoning to taste.

    Pikopiko pesto is perfect with bread and crackers
Try piling the pesto on top of grilled steak or pasta for a dash of difference

    You can see Maori recipes on the Maori Channel ‘Maara Kai’ on Sundays.  Our very special rongoa man “Pa McGowan” features on this neat show.


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    Pikopiko Pesto
  • 8/12/2011 9:30:40 am

    Greetings everyone!

    Nga mihi ki a koutou katoa (Greetings everyone!)

    Ki te whai ao ki te ao marama, Tihei Mauriora!  
    (From the world of darkness to the world of Light!!!  It is Life!)

    This is a well known Maori whakatauki or proverb.  It refers to the beginning of time, and the journey of the creation of the world.  

    Our journey with Ora, began four years ago and now what was just a vision has become reality and we can now share Ora with you.  

    Its been a great ride so far and one in which we are proud wahine (women) ‘just goin for it’ and an essential element of that is to acknowledge our unique Maori heritage.

    Keep tuned in to Ora for monthly updates  and ‘korero’ (chat) because we want to share lots of things ‘Maori’ and other korero with you all, so, you can see how we view our world and how we can ALL come together to keep Papatuanuku (our earth mother) Well and Healthy for our future generations to come.  …

    because …… ‘she’ (Papatuanuku) sees your Natural Beauty !!!

    A special mention to our Whanau (family) who are…. in front of us, behind us, all around us…  to tautoko (support) ….. to provide our rongoa (healing plants) … and guide us to a place of understanding and aroha (love)
    Nga manaakitanga nga whanau katoa xox

    Tessa, Karen, Adele and Patsy
    the Ora girls!

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