We believe that every child's birth, like a drop of water in a vast ocean, creates a powerful ripple of love that is a unique and beautiful contribution to a global story.
Our products exist to celebrate life, anchor life and commemorate the things that families value most. Placenta planting anchors our belonging to the whenua (land) through the whenua (placenta) and serves as a reminder of our unique place in the world, our place to stand, our special belonging as of birth right.
We create earth friendly containers (Ipu) for placenta planting that pay tribute to our first formed organ, ... check them out if, like us, there is a child responsible for a tidal wave engulfing your heart!
'creating tangible expressions of aroha for every family"
The Māori word for land, whenua, also means placenta. All life is seen as being born from the womb of Papatūānuku, under the sea. The lands that appear above water are placentas from her womb. They float, forming islands.
THE WOMB OF THE WORLD
In another perspective, all life takes place within the womb of the world. In that womb, preparations are being made for a new world. We are children within the womb of the world, soon to be born into another reality.
Tangata whenua – literally, people of the land – are those who have authority in a particular place. This is based on their deep relationship with that place, through their births and their ancestors’ births. As tangata whenua express themselves in that place, they gain the authority and confidence to project themselves into the world. This idea, in turn, underpins the notion of manawhenua – spiritual authority in a given area.
BURYING A PLACENTA
Traditionally, the whenua (placenta) and pito (umbilical cord) of newborn babies are buried in a significant place. The placenta is placed in a specially prepared receptacle and buried in a particular location. This practice reinforces the relationship between the newborn child and the land of their birth.
TŪRANGAWAEWAE AS FOUNDATION
Tūrangawaewae is one of the most well-known and powerful Māori concepts. Literally tūranga (standing place), waewae (feet), it is often translated as ‘a place to stand’. Tūrangawaewae are places where we feel especially empowered and connected. They are our foundation, our place in the world, our home.
- credit to Dr Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal