Kaitiaki o Nga Maheatai

May 4, 2018, 2:24 p.m.

The people of Ngāti Kahu and it's many hapu have had a continuous presence in Taipa since Kupe's landing at Te Ikatiritiri many years ago.

The abundance of kaimoana within the waterways have sustained the many hapu over the years and the local hapū and iwi are working with NZTA to maintain their kaitiakitanga status during the re-build of the Taipa Bridge.

Not only will the bridge create better traffic flow along the Twin Coast Discovery route, but local tribal members hope this will help build the hapu capacity with tourism opportunities.

Tohe Kleskovic shows us some of the waahi tapu and gives us an insight into days of old as well as explaining the importance of having local tangata whenua on-site to ensure tikanga is up-held on the current construction site.

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