Cultural Significance and Importance of Wai Module

The Cultural Significance and Importance of Wai module 

The Māori world view (Te Ao Māori) acknowledges the interconnectedness and interrelationship of all living and non-living things. This holistic approach, seeking to understand the whole concept, not just parts of it, is at the core of this module.

You will gain greater cultural awareness, respect and understanding of Te Ao Māori within the water sector and what it means to give effect to Te Mana o te Wai – a concept introduced in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 (NPS-FM 2020) and included in the water services legislation.

You will learn about the obligations we have as tāngata (people) to freshwater management, and its relevance for all interconnected water including the three infrastructure waters: drinking water, wastewater and stormwater.

This module is designed to help you deepen your collective understanding of connections and interdependencies of wai (water) through a Te Ao Māori lens.

‘Ka ora te wai, ka ora te whenua, ka ora ngā tāngata’ ‘If the water is healthy, the land is healthy, the people are healthy’.

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