Te Ao Māori
Tuia ki te rangi
Tuia ki te whenua
Tuia ki te moana
Tuia te here tangata
E rongo te pō, e rongo te ao
Bind the tapestry of life which affirms humanity’s connection to the natural world. To the celestial realm, to the earthly realm, to water – the sustenance for all life forms, and, to remember to keep everything in ‘balance’.
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Te ao Māori (the Māori world view) provides essential insight for re-thinking the way each of us live in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland.
“The tools to help us change our behaviour are where we left them. They are in our pūrākau (stories) and whakataukī (proverbs). The stories and legends about the relationships that bind us to the natural world, of our dependencies and vulnerabilities, our position and role as caretakers and kaitiaki. The language we use and what we tell ourselves and others is important. The stories and narratives we share with each other and the values and meanings they carry weigh on us and shape us. They shape who we are, what we value, and the choices we make. This behavior then influences the behavior of those near to us, and those near to them.”