Kaitiakitanga is a form of guardianship that stems from the beginning of time when the Atua (gods) laid down the rules for looking after our environment.
A guiding principle for tangata whenua is the concept of viewing the natural world in its entirety. This is a holistic Maori worldview that we are all interconnected and responsible the guardianship of our environment. We are the people that descend from the children of Ranginui and Papatuanuku. The practice of kaitiakitanga is derived from the inherent relationship that Maori have with the environment.
Tangata whenua view the world as an interconnected ecological system where we are part of the environment.
Kaitiakitanga is about managing and caring for natural resources & sustainably for the benefit of current and future generations. Any harm to our environment is not only a harm to ourselves but is also detrimental for future generations. As the people of Ngai Te Rangi, no matter what the cost, the cause, or the effect, we will always strive to ensure that our environment is kept safe.
After the Rena grounding and consequent damage to our environment, Ngai Te Rangi immediately sprang to action to develop cleanup methods and training for any willing volunteers.