Te Tangi a Tauira - The Cry of the People
Ngāi Tahu ki Murihiku Natural Resource and Environmental Iwi Management Plan 2008
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Download Te Tangi a Tauira - The Cry of the People.
Kaupapa of this Plan
The kaupapa of this Plan is Ki Uta Ki Tai – From the Mountains to the
Sea. It is a culturally based natural resource framework developed by
and for Ngāi Tahu Whānui and has been identified and advocated as a key
tool in assisting Ngāi Tahu achieve more meaningful rangatiratanga and
kaitiakitanga in natural resource management. It is about an indigenous
understanding of the environment that can be used to help address the
wide range of issues rūnanga face with regards to environmental
management. Ki Uta Ki Tai is based on the idea that if the realms of
Tāwhirimatea (god of the winds), Tāne Mahuta (god of all living things),
Papatūānuku (mother earth) and Tangaroa (god of the sea) are sustained,
then the people will be sustained.
The kaupapa reflects the knowledge that resources are connected, from
the mountains to the sea, and must be managed as such. Furthermore the
kaupapa reflects that we belong to the environment and are only
borrowing the resources from our generations that are yet to come. It is
considered our duty to leave the environment in as good or even better
condition than received from our tūpuna. The historical practices were
established by our tūpuna and must be passed on to ngā uri kei te heke
mai, the generations to come.
Ngāi Tahu ki Murihiku use this symbolism in the naming of this Plan.