Are we practicing kaitiakitanga?

Feb. 21, 2019, 1:20 p.m.

With many environmental issues affecting Te Tai Tokerau over the last year, kaitiakitanga and the practice of protecting our natural environment in a sustainable manner is now more important than ever.

Sustainabilithy has become a trend yet for Māori this concept is an embedded worldview with Papatuānuku and Ranginui at the centre which looks to protect all those within the primal parent relationship.

The war against plastic, kauri dieback, pests and the occurence of mass whale strandings are just a few issues to plague the north as we continue to look at ways to manage growing ecological problems.  Public interest in the principle of kaitiakitanga is growing and iwi are routinely called upon for advice in response to these environmental issues.

However, as Māori strive to get on the housing ladder, increase in population, acquire more possessions and contribute to fossil fuels the concept of kaitiakitanga can slip away.

Under the Treaty of Waitangi, a guiding principle is that of protection so Te Hiku Media asks: Are we as Māori really practising kaitiakitanga in 2019?

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