KO TĀTOU NEI – IT’S WHO WE ARE
Aotearoa New Zealand is a progressive nation of creative people, challenging the status quo, delivering new solutions to problems and turning ideas into reality, while always caring for people, place and planet.
Aotearoa New Zealand’s story is grounded in our values. Values that define who we are, what we stand for and what we offer the world.
These important Māori concepts will help to give you a better understanding of how Aotearoa New Zealand strives for a thriving environment:
- Kaitiakitanga (Guardianship): involves respect, protection and shelter of the environment and the preservation of traditional knowledge for the benefit of future generations.
- Manaakitanga (Integrity): is found in acts of kindness, respect, humility and hospitality. Being a responsible host, caring for others, making people feel at home, treating others with respect, and caring for the environment are very important within Māori families and communities.
- Whakawhanaungatanga (Ingenuity): reaches beyond actual whakapapa (genealogy) and includes relationships to people who, through shared experiences, feel and act as kin. Within this type of relationship, in receiving support from the group, there is a responsibility to provide reciprocal support.
Me hoki whakamuri, ki a anga whakamua – Look to the past in order to forge the future.
We are the guardians of the present and have a responsibility to protect the environment for future generations.
Join our kōrerorero to discover more about ‘Sustainability in Aotearoa New Zealand through the lens of Māori values and culture’. You can register below.