Iwi/hapu:

Ko Patuwai te hapu,
Ko Ngāti Awa te Iwi.
Ko Te Whānau ā Tauwhao te hapu,
Ko Ngāi Te Rangi te Iwi.

Whakatauki/Pepeha:

“Kei Mōtītī koe e noho ana”
I suppose you are at Mōtītī as you can find no firewood.

Significant Sites:

There are many cultural sites of significance in this waahi which include –

  • Motunau
  • Ōtāiti
  • Te Moana nui ā Kiwa
  • Taumaihi
  • Matarehua
  • Taumataika
  • Maikukutea
  • Okaparu
  • Wairanaki
  • Motuputa

Matauranga Maori

Taonga species:

  • Tarakihi
  • Maomao
  • Kahawai
  • Kekeno
  • Kina
  • Paua

Eco systems:

  • Mahinga mātaitai
  • Te Moananui ā Toi
  • Ākau Tokatoka
  • Pūkawa

Western Science

Local species:

  • Nemadactylus macropterus (tarakihi)
  • Arripis trutta (kahawai)
  • Fur Seal (kekeno)

Eco systems:

  • Seafood gathering beds (Mahinga Mātaitai)
  • Rocky shore

Environmental Impacts:

The oil & debris were a threat to:

  • Kaimoana
  • Wildlife, bird life, marine life & environment
  • CoRexit risk to marine life

Cultural Impacts:

  • Kaitiakitanga – inability to fulfill kaitiaki responsibilities.
  • Manaakitanga – inability to share resources & kaimoana with manuhiri.
  • Loss of Mana.
  • The impact on the Mauri of Ōtāiti.