Feb. 26, 2021, 9:25 a.m.
A tragic death at Lake Waro prompted a rāhui - a restriciton on the waterway out of respect and safety, a move Whangārei District Council supports as an act of kaitiakitanga.
Rāhui is a sacred form of temporary prohibition to an area and is practiced widely among Māori. However, they are not always legally binding, at times causing public to ignore rāhui.
Ngāti Hau spokesperson, Te Raa Nehua says rāhui are a must and more public awareness around their significance would encourage more respect.
The Whangārei District Council is taking a new approach towards rāhui, supporting hapū efforts to safeguard public both spiritually and physically through the protocol, an approach that is hoped to be adopted by local councils across the country.
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