My Journey into the Bush Food and Remedies of Aotearoa

By Rob Bright

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My Journey Into The Bush Food And Remedies Of Aotearoa

Project 2015-08-18 12:03:52 +1200

My name is Rob Bright. I am a husband, a father, a trained horticulturalist, an amateur botanist, a passionate environmentalist and a keen naturalist.

On the 5th of November I will take the first steps of a 4 month journey, which will cover 3000kms walking the length of NZ along the Te Araroa Trail. http://www.teararoa.org.nz

On this trek, I will be using the wildcrafting techniques of bush foods and medicines (Rongoa), that I have learned from a number of passionate Kiwis, since I came here in 1996 to work on a bush regeneration project in Rotorua (and to chase the amazing Kiwi Girl who is now my Wife), and during the time spent on the Trail, plan to learn much more.

My wife (Jules) , a Naturopath and Medical Herbalist, is one of those incredible teachers who has opened up another world to me, with 'doctrines of signatures' and the awareness that everything we need is all around us. To continue my study of Native NZ and to share what I have learned, I have made arrangements to meet several local bush care groups, Dept of Conservation employees and at least one Kaumatua, with others still to be confirmed, and many more I expect to unfold organically as I put myself out there in this beautiful land that has become my home.

All plants researched and trialed in the field, will be documented with references, photographs, descriptions and information on the methods for identifying, harvesting and preparation, to create a book with first hand accounts covering taste, effects and habitats, with descriptions of similar varieties which may be mistaken for the species listed. There have been several native species brought back from being endangered by their popularisation in an urban environment, and this can be done with many more, so to help facilitate this process, information on the growth requirements,  current environmental status and its availability in NZ nurseries will be included. Importantly, all information contained within it's pages will be easily understood by anyone.

The NZ Bush is an important part of most Kiwis lives, and it is certainly so with us. Together, my Wife and I, have  created a grass roots, markets based business, manufacturing a range of "Bright Earth" organic, NZ native plant based skincare. The range, which has been developed by Jules, is presently completing the final stages of rigourous testing to complete all its certifications, and before the trails end we will have put the finishing touches to a natural, native men's range which will be out in 2016.

This time, that I have been gifted by my family is a truly once in a lifetime opportunity and to help with funding, some of the furniture I manufacture from deadfall and recycled timber, will be on sale through the local Buy & Sell Facebook page, but as the time looms closer, it has become clear, that to make this odyssey all it can be, I need your help to raise another $5,800.00. This is only a part of what I have spent, and will spend, and further contributions after the target has been reached would still be very well utilised. That said. Anything I receive in excess of what I require, will be donated into local bush regeneration projects around the Mangawhai region. 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=149063935431814&set=gm.926402764093415&type=1&theater

Any funds raised during this crowdfunding campaign will be spent on upgrading my present camping equipment, which after several days in the bush has proven itself heavy and cumbersome, a GPS and EPIRB (personal locator), a camera capable of taking the quality of photographs required, for costs involved with publishing, food drops (bounce boxes) to supplement the high protein/carbohydrate diet I will need, and for the occasional hot shower and bed after long periods of time trekking in the bush. It will also cover our costs of freight/postage for the rewards you will receive for your generous contributions.

https://www.facebook.com/RobBrightsJourney?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

 

Rewards - All Donors have my deepest gratitude and respect.

Thank You !

 

Broome market stall

broome market 2

 

Comments

Updates 1

There are only 10 days to go !

20/09/2015 at 8:26 PM

Hi all. There has been some great support so far. If you have any requests for rewards that may swing you or your friends into offering a pledge, please let me know and I will add them to my page Thanks

    Pledgers 24

    Liz Gosling
    2015-09-29 20:11:22 +1300

    "What a fantastic adventure, good luck"

    Pauline Brill
    2015-09-29 19:14:23 +1300

    "Happy tramping Robbie. Hope this puts you over the top. Love, Pauline xo"

    katrin
    2015-09-28 18:21:39 +1300

    "Soo excited for your adventure. I support all you and your family do and cant wait for the stories you gonna tell.All the best! Lots of love"

    Nat Curnow
    2015-09-28 15:07:40 +1300
    Paula Brill
    2015-09-28 11:00:10 +1300
    Barry Brill
    2015-09-24 11:59:53 +1200

    "Good luck, Robbie"

    Camilo
    2015-09-22 23:24:01 +1200

    "I hope u make it brother!!!!"

    Emily Eile
    2015-09-20 18:49:35 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2015-09-14 06:40:26 +1200
    Heather Crawcour
    2015-09-08 21:24:20 +1200
    Mark Dobson
    2015-09-03 13:45:19 +1200

    "Rob, all the best for your life changing journey through our beautiful land. Kia kaha"

    Gabbie Ellis
    2015-09-02 00:47:20 +1200

    "This is on behalf of Jaimie Dover. Supporting adventure, discovery and her cousin."

    Sarah Finn
    2015-09-02 00:14:15 +1200

    "What a journey you've been on, and what an incredible journey ahead! Can't wait to follow your progress Robbie Kia kaha and aroha cuzzie xx"

    Gary McNamara
    2015-09-01 15:47:28 +1200

    "Hey Rob, all the best for your adventure and I am very much looking forward to hearing about your journey "

    Pauline Brill
    2015-08-31 20:52:28 +1200
    Martin Gaffney
    2015-08-29 17:26:40 +1200
    Gabbie Ellis
    2015-08-28 19:51:18 +1200
    Cameron
    2015-08-28 12:01:22 +1200

    "We will all be watching mate. Excitement for you and inspiration for me"

    Paula Brill
    2015-08-28 11:33:27 +1200
    Delena Gaffney
    2015-08-28 00:14:54 +1200

    "What an amazing project! Go Rob! Xxxxxx"

    PETA Langevd
    2015-08-27 21:12:48 +1200

    "Looking forward to following you on this adventure and your book that follows"

    Carmen Girullat
    2015-08-27 14:29:42 +1200

    "awesome Rob "

    Alison
    2015-08-27 11:33:45 +1200

    "Go Rob!!!! Wow what an adventure and what a lovely gift to the world your book will be. Can't wait to hear all about it. x da Mungos"

    Jeff Brill
    2015-08-27 07:23:29 +1200

    Followers 2

    Followers of My Journey into the Bush Food and Remedies of Aotearoa

    My Journey Into The Bush Food And Remedies Of Aotearoa

    Project 2015-08-18 12:03:52 +1200

    My name is Rob Bright. I am a husband, a father, a trained horticulturalist, an amateur botanist, a passionate environmentalist and a keen naturalist.

    On the 5th of November I will take the first steps of a 4 month journey, which will cover 3000kms walking the length of NZ along the Te Araroa Trail. http://www.teararoa.org.nz

    On this trek, I will be using the wildcrafting techniques of bush foods and medicines (Rongoa), that I have learned from a number of passionate Kiwis, since I came here in 1996 to work on a bush regeneration project in Rotorua (and to chase the amazing Kiwi Girl who is now my Wife), and during the time spent on the Trail, plan to learn much more.

    My wife (Jules) , a Naturopath and Medical Herbalist, is one of those incredible teachers who has opened up another world to me, with 'doctrines of signatures' and the awareness that everything we need is all around us. To continue my study of Native NZ and to share what I have learned, I have made arrangements to meet several local bush care groups, Dept of Conservation employees and at least one Kaumatua, with others still to be confirmed, and many more I expect to unfold organically as I put myself out there in this beautiful land that has become my home.

    All plants researched and trialed in the field, will be documented with references, photographs, descriptions and information on the methods for identifying, harvesting and preparation, to create a book with first hand accounts covering taste, effects and habitats, with descriptions of similar varieties which may be mistaken for the species listed. There have been several native species brought back from being endangered by their popularisation in an urban environment, and this can be done with many more, so to help facilitate this process, information on the growth requirements,  current environmental status and its availability in NZ nurseries will be included. Importantly, all information contained within it's pages will be easily understood by anyone.

    The NZ Bush is an important part of most Kiwis lives, and it is certainly so with us. Together, my Wife and I, have  created a grass roots, markets based business, manufacturing a range of "Bright Earth" organic, NZ native plant based skincare. The range, which has been developed by Jules, is presently completing the final stages of rigourous testing to complete all its certifications, and before the trails end we will have put the finishing touches to a natural, native men's range which will be out in 2016.

    This time, that I have been gifted by my family is a truly once in a lifetime opportunity and to help with funding, some of the furniture I manufacture from deadfall and recycled timber, will be on sale through the local Buy & Sell Facebook page, but as the time looms closer, it has become clear, that to make this odyssey all it can be, I need your help to raise another $5,800.00. This is only a part of what I have spent, and will spend, and further contributions after the target has been reached would still be very well utilised. That said. Anything I receive in excess of what I require, will be donated into local bush regeneration projects around the Mangawhai region. 

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=149063935431814&set=gm.926402764093415&type=1&theater

    Any funds raised during this crowdfunding campaign will be spent on upgrading my present camping equipment, which after several days in the bush has proven itself heavy and cumbersome, a GPS and EPIRB (personal locator), a camera capable of taking the quality of photographs required, for costs involved with publishing, food drops (bounce boxes) to supplement the high protein/carbohydrate diet I will need, and for the occasional hot shower and bed after long periods of time trekking in the bush. It will also cover our costs of freight/postage for the rewards you will receive for your generous contributions.

    https://www.facebook.com/RobBrightsJourney?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

     

    Rewards - All Donors have my deepest gratitude and respect.

    Thank You !

     

    Broome market stall

    broome market 2

     

    Comments

    There are only 10 days to go !

    20/09/2015 at 8:26 PM

    Hi all. There has been some great support so far. If you have any requests for rewards that may swing you or your friends into offering a pledge, please let me know and I will add them to my page Thanks

      Liz Gosling
      2015-09-29 20:11:22 +1300

      "What a fantastic adventure, good luck"

      Pauline Brill
      2015-09-29 19:14:23 +1300

      "Happy tramping Robbie. Hope this puts you over the top. Love, Pauline xo"

      katrin
      2015-09-28 18:21:39 +1300

      "Soo excited for your adventure. I support all you and your family do and cant wait for the stories you gonna tell.All the best! Lots of love"

      Nat Curnow
      2015-09-28 15:07:40 +1300
      Paula Brill
      2015-09-28 11:00:10 +1300
      Barry Brill
      2015-09-24 11:59:53 +1200

      "Good luck, Robbie"

      Camilo
      2015-09-22 23:24:01 +1200

      "I hope u make it brother!!!!"

      Emily Eile
      2015-09-20 18:49:35 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2015-09-14 06:40:26 +1200
      Heather Crawcour
      2015-09-08 21:24:20 +1200
      Mark Dobson
      2015-09-03 13:45:19 +1200

      "Rob, all the best for your life changing journey through our beautiful land. Kia kaha"

      Gabbie Ellis
      2015-09-02 00:47:20 +1200

      "This is on behalf of Jaimie Dover. Supporting adventure, discovery and her cousin."

      Sarah Finn
      2015-09-02 00:14:15 +1200

      "What a journey you've been on, and what an incredible journey ahead! Can't wait to follow your progress Robbie Kia kaha and aroha cuzzie xx"

      Gary McNamara
      2015-09-01 15:47:28 +1200

      "Hey Rob, all the best for your adventure and I am very much looking forward to hearing about your journey "

      Pauline Brill
      2015-08-31 20:52:28 +1200
      Martin Gaffney
      2015-08-29 17:26:40 +1200
      Gabbie Ellis
      2015-08-28 19:51:18 +1200
      Cameron
      2015-08-28 12:01:22 +1200

      "We will all be watching mate. Excitement for you and inspiration for me"

      Paula Brill
      2015-08-28 11:33:27 +1200
      Delena Gaffney
      2015-08-28 00:14:54 +1200

      "What an amazing project! Go Rob! Xxxxxx"

      PETA Langevd
      2015-08-27 21:12:48 +1200

      "Looking forward to following you on this adventure and your book that follows"

      Carmen Girullat
      2015-08-27 14:29:42 +1200

      "awesome Rob "

      Alison
      2015-08-27 11:33:45 +1200

      "Go Rob!!!! Wow what an adventure and what a lovely gift to the world your book will be. Can't wait to hear all about it. x da Mungos"

      Jeff Brill
      2015-08-27 07:23:29 +1200

      Followers of My Journey into the Bush Food and Remedies of Aotearoa

      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 30/09/2015 at 1:00 PM.