Wai Māori Ngai Māori, Pure Water, Pure People, reminds us of the significance of wai and looks deeper into our thinking around water.
Wai Māori is essential to all life. It is essential to people physically, but is also necessary for all areas of health; environmental, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Furthermore, the wellbeing of te taiao, the environment, is essential for the health of all living beings.
Wai Māori has its own whakapapa. With the vision to connect people to the whakapapa of water once again, Wai Māori Ngai Māori was born from a concept of connecting traditional knowledge with contemporary settings and looks to utilise our tupuna mātauranga to pave the way for future generations and their decision making around wai.
“Ko taua wai kei te moana e potere ana. Ka hapai ki te rangi. Ka tau ki runga maunga- Ka heke ki nga riu ki nga awa”.
Wai descends from the heavens, touches the land, flows through the valleys- creeks, rivers to the sea.
Wai Māori Ngai Māori is an approach to inform Māori about ways that they can contribute not only towards their own wellbeing, but also the wellbeing of our taiao and communities. Our interpretation of whakapapa focuses on connection, having an appreciation of where all things relevant to us come from, and how they are interrelated.