AT PŌTIKI POI WE MAKE, SELL, DISTRIBUTE AND TEACH THE CRAFT OF AOTEAROA ORIGINAL POI.
With an appreciation for all things Māori seen again today throughout Aotearoa, we are continuing to grow our language and revitalise our ways of old. I have enjoyed poi from a very young age growing up in Kohanga and Kura Kaupapa. I want to ensure that the poi we make are as Aotearoa Original as possible.
Although we make mostly contemporary poi, we are passionate about creating products that are eco-friendly with re-usable resources, such as bio-degradable bags, old pillow stuffing, and wool from Op-Shops or leftovers from whoever doesn’t need their wool anymore. I want to make sure our products are not adding to our global waste problems.
We are also a social enterprise offering jobs to people with diverse backgrounds and abilities. We came up with the name “Pōtiki Poi” as we felt it acknowledged our past, present and future. Ngāi Tahu means “people of Tahu” and all registered tribal members can trace their ancestry back to the tribe's founder Tahu Pōtiki. My mum and I are descendants of Tahu Pōtiki. Pōtiki in the Māori Dictionary means “youngest child”. On the 28th of January 2019, my mum gave birth to Apiteniko my youngest sibling. He was born with Down Syndrome and the name acknowledges his special place within our whānau. It has also led us to think that for the future sustainability of our business, we would very much like to employ those with diverse abilities to work with us, and I hope that some day Api might be able to continue my dream and run the business himself.
Thank you so much for buying our poi,
Georgia TF Latu (13 years old and already making a difference)