There are many different types of Mauri and all things have the potential to have a mauri. Mauri is a form of energy that is often translated in short to mean ‘life force’. It is the nature or soul of all things and is closely associ- ated with “mana” and “tapu”.
In relation to the Rena grounding, the concept of the impact on mauri from a cultural perspective become a key focal point for tangata whenua.
Key factors in relation to mauri included the physical attributes (ecology and surrounding marine life) the spiritual attributes (the traditional importance and spiritual connection to Otaiti).
It was clear that the scientific evidence and the matauranga presented by tangata whenua were conflicting.
While the mauri of the kaimoana and the mauri of Otaiti were important it was also important to consider the mauri that connect Otaiti to its people.
Hapu and iwi have a intrinsic and special bond with their environment and the Maori worldview is that we are one and the same. Therefore, any impact on our environment also impacts our people.