Ahikāroa me te Kaitiakitanga

March 22, 2018, 3:42 p.m.

Māori believe in a very close and long relationship between humans and the natural world. The whakapapa of this relationship is expressed through kaitiakitanga – for the iwi of Ngāti Kahu kaitiakitanga is a way of traditionally managing the environment. This video is of an esteemed kuia of Te Whānau Moana and Te Rorohuri, Rohario Hepi talks about the role of Ahikāroa and kaitiakitanga in practice.

The Māori world view closely connects whānau, hāpu and iwi to the whenua (land), the moana (sea) and Te Ao Tūroa (the natural world). Kaitiakitanga is based on this idea of humans as part of the natural world.

After recognising that commercial and recreational fishing is having a negative impact on the moana, the Ahikāroa of Te Whanau Moana and Te Rorohuri created a no take area of any seafood. This no take area is created through implementing a rāhui. Traditionally a rāhui was placed on an area, resource or stretch of water as a conservation measure or as a means of social and political control for a variety of reasons which can be grouped into three main categories: pollution by tapu, conservation and politics.

The rāhui is over the Maitai Bay area, south to Waikato bay also extends to other areas. It will last until March 2020, the idea is that the moana and sea live weill recover over this time.




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