Cultural considerations

Protecting the mauri of the waterbody requires:

(mauri: meaning the life force which all objects contain)

  • Protecting the integrity and cultural uses of lakes, rivers and wetlands by preventing unnatural mixing of waters from different sources;
  • Preventing the direct discharge of contaminants to water, in particular the discharge of human waste water;
  • Requiring the discharge of water from agricultural and industrial waste water to pass through land before it enters a river, lake or wetland; and
  • Encouraging the restoration of wetlands and riparian margins because of their ability to trap and remove some types of pollutants.

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Accidental discovery

Papatuanuku (Mother Earth) supports life including all people, flora and fauna. Waterways represent the blood vessels that supply nourishment to her and, through her, to all living things

Useful links:

http://www.ngaitahu.iwi.nz/

http://ecan.govt.nz/advice/biodiversity/role/Pages/ngai-tahu-biodiversity-partners.aspx#kaitiakitanga