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 –

  • Motiti
  • Te Moana nui ā Kiwa
  • Mahinga mātaitai

Matauranga Maori

Taonga species:

  • Hāpuka
  • Paua
  • Kina
  • Koura
  • Haku

Eco systems:

  • Te Tau Ōtāiti
  • Te Moananui ā Toi

Western Science

Local species:

  • Polyprion oxygeneios (Hāpuka)
  • Haliotis iris (paua)
  • Evechinus chloroticus (kina)
  • Jasus edwardsii (koura)

Eco systems:

  • Marine life
  • Rocky reef
  • Kelp forest
  • Open water

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.