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Wai is central to Māori identity, health and wellbeing and is considered a taonga (treasure). 

Kia Maana Kia Ora is all about water safety education. Read the kaupapa HERE.

Resources are for kaiako in Kura Kaupapa Maori and mainstream Kura, for Years 1 - 8. Read more HERE





The resources available through this website have been refreshed and/or developed for kaupapa Māori water safety education, managed by Water Safety New Zealand and supported by the Ministry of Education. In addition, mainstream water safety programmes and initiatives, developed by the water safety sector, can also be accessed here.

Wai Puna is a theory of Maori water safety developed by Dr Chanel Phillips (Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi). The Wai Puna model draws on three core pillars: Whakapapa, Mātauranga and Tikanga as they pertain to wai. Wai Puna provides the foundation for conceptualising Māori water safety and is pivotal for flourishing health and wellness for whānau in, on and around the water. It is proposed that a strengthened connection with wai through Wai Puna, will improve our water safety knowledge, attitudes and behaviour around wai. The learning plans developed for Kura are based on Wai Puna.





Diagramatic depiction Wai Puna



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