Ipu Whenua

Ipu Whenua was an idea first promoted in modern times by Dr Paparangi Reid. Nga Maia Maori Midwives Aotearoa now encourages whänau to make them to hold the whenua (afterbirth) until it is buried. The Ipu Whenua is ultimately made with a resource that is bio-friendly to Papa and that will easily break down once buried.


Ipu Whenua has become an alternative to plastic bags in the fridge or freezer and helps keep alive the tradition of returning the whenua to Papatüänuku thus giving the pepi an eternal link to the earth.