TUPUA TE KAWA
(THE INNATE VALUES OF TE AWA TUPUA)
Ko te Kawa Tuatahi: Ko te Awa te mātāpuna o te ora
(The River is the source of spiritual and physical sustenance)
Te Awa Tupua is a spiritual and physical entity that supports and sustains both the life and natural resources within the Whanganui River and the health and wellbeing of the iwi, hapū and other communities of the River.
Ko te Kawa Tuarua: E rere kau mai i te Awa nui mai i te Kahui Maunga ki Tangaroa
(The great River flows from the mountains to the sea)
Te Awa Tupua is an indivisible and living whole from the mountains to the sea, incorporating the Whanganui River and all of its physical and metaphysical elements.
Ko te Kawa Tuatoru: Ko au te Awa, ko te Awa ko au
(I am the River and the River is me)
The iwi and hapū of the Whanganui River have an inalienable interconnection with, and responsibility to, Te Awa Tupua and its health and wellbeing.
Ko te Kawa Tuawhā: Ngā manga iti, ngā manga nui e honohono kau ana, ka tupu hei Awa Tupua
(The small and large streams that flow into one another and form one River)
Te Awa Tupua is a singular entity comprised of many elements and communities, working collaboratively to the common purpose of the health and wellbeing of Te Awa Tupua.
Nō te kawa ora a 'Tupua te Kawa' hei taura here nā Te Awa Tupua me ōna tāngata ki te kawa nō tawhito rangi.
Tupua te Kawa is the natural law and value system of Te Awa Tupua, which binds the people to the River and the River to the people.