There are people whose livelihoods are essential resourceful practices. They might be a craftsperson, ringa rehe, maker, creative, labourer, manufacturer, repairer, alchemist or tradesperson. They might also be a tohunga, fresh water biologist, gardener, botanist, forester, soil scientist, cook, ecologist or farmer. They are known by many different names. Their work involves the care of local resources in a regenerative manner to ensure wellbeing of every part of every ecosystem. They understand that what they do now, no matter how small, is an vital part of creating a healthy future. They are kaitiaki. They know that the opposite of scarcity is not abundance, it is having enough. They perceive what they need, and how to create this from the resources around them and within them.
They sense that their work is a necessary tradition.
These are the people this festival celebrates. We do this not only because our future on this planet depends upon these regenerative traditions, but also because our human wellbeing relies on our finding our most resourceful selves. Their leadership is vital.
You can see those people present at main event of Necessary Traditions 2018 here: