Actively working to protect the people, environment, knowledge, culture, language and resources important to Heathcote Valley for future generations.
Kaitiaki is a term used for the concept of guardianship, for the sky, the sea, and the land. A kaitiaki is a guardian, and the process and practices of protecting and looking after the environment and its people are referred to as kaitiakitanga.
There is a deep connection between humans and the natural environment, humans are part of the natural world. Kaitiakitanga involves caring for the mana, tapa and mauri (life force) of the environment and people within it.
Me he pou, he kaitiaki
Ka toitū te whenua me ngā tāngata
Be like a pillar, a guardian, to sustain the land and the people.
Manaakitanga acknowledges our responsibility to give at all times with generosity and respect, and in a manner that is consistent with enhancing the wairua and mana (pride) of past, present and future. It is grounded in working with and for each other in the spirit of reciprocity and demands a high standard of behaviour towards each other.
Showing manaakitanga is a way of uplifting the mana of others. On a marae, it is often claimed that it is not what is said that matters but how people are looked after. This is the essence of manaakitanga.
Manaakitanga is everyone’s responsibility and is given, demonstrated, enlivened from aroha, kindness and caring.
He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata.
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.
Kotahitanga refers to being ‘one’. A sense of togetherness through collaboration and unity lead to collective action and a shared sense of belonging. Maintaining and enhancing relationships are central to developing togetherness and unity. Collective action is possible when people are connected and committed to one another and guided by a collective vision.
Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari he toa takimano
My strength is not that of an individual but that of the collective.
Manawaroa translates as ‘the heart beats for a long time’ (manawa - heart, roa - long). It is a term used to refer to perseverance or never giving up. It also encompasses terms such as stamina, doggedness, determination and grit. Displaying courage, bravery and staying power, endurance, resilience and fortitude towards achieving your best.
Stand with strength, stand with courage, stand with perseverance.
Auaha - means to be creative or innovative. This is seen as the product of being inquiring and curious or igniting a passion for learning. Auaha involves adapting and improvising, an ability to solve problems and be inventive, as well as fixing and creating solutions.
Be inquiring, be curious, be creative