TE WAKA RĀKAU
The kaupapa of Te Waka Rākau is to protect the mana of our natural resources, the mauri of the whenua and the well-being of wāhine and their whanau. We undertake projects that nurture and support theū reaālm of Papatnuku which includes waterways and the native flora and fauna of Aotearoa while promoting the use while promoting the use of traditional Māori knowledge and practice in indigenous biodiversity management.
We do this by applying the principles of:
Practising under the teachings based on traditions central to Te Ao Māori
Strengthening relationships by creating supportive opportunities for wāhine to develop and preserve their knowledge and skills in traditional Māori healing and arts;
Restoring kaitiakitanga and responsibilities of te taiao with mātauranga Māori and its use in indigenous biodiversity management
Undertaking projects that nurture and support the realm of Papatūānuku which includes waterways and the native flora and fauna of Aotearoa
Providing a space of hauora to share wellness practices together such as Rongoā Māori, Karanga, Raranga and Maara kai
Providing nourishment with wānanga on the guidance of our kaupapa
Moving and binding together as one roopu for the care and aroha of Papatūānuku and her descendents
The principles of Te Waka Rākau are expressed within our kaupapa and are based on traditions that are central to Te Ao Māori. Our creation stories and traditions guide our thought processes, our behaviours and our states of being. We share these concepts as wisdom that can be found within the plant kingdom.