In speaking to the hearings of the Waitangi Tribunal in 1994, the late Dardanelle Metekingi told us:
The awa is a beautiful thing. You need the people. It lives with the people. The spirit of the awa has to be the people. It’s not a separate thing. It’s part of who you are - like a soul partner. Sharing everything with you, and it gives it back to you.
‘You don’t get your strength from what you see, but from what you believe!’. These things that nature has given us are our inheritance, are our family.
IN THE MEDIA: Fresh Water protection discussed at Wai Māori Conference
Bringing together knowledge holders like scientist, researchers and guardians of Māori natural resources to find ways to protect Wai Māori [Fresh Waters].
Delaraine Armstrong adds “Tai Tokerau has unique impacts due to the size of our coastlines and the interaction of our fresh waters into the sea. We look forward to sharing our stories on the national stage”.
First Nations National Water Symposium
Second Annual Assembly of First Nations National Water Symposium (February 26) Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
HON DAME TARIANA TURIA
E rere kau mai te Awanui Mai i te Kahui Maunga ki Tangaroa
Ko au te Awa, ko te Awa ko au
The great river flows from the mountain to the sea
In 1994 Matiu Māreikura addressed the Waitangi Tribunal, in the WAI 167 Whanganui River claim hearing’, speaking of the close ancestral inter-connectedness between the Whanganui River and Whanganui iwi.