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Tikanga related to wai

 

Karakia

Incantation, supplication, prayer

Used in many contexts. Karakia helps bind a person to wai, seeking permission before entering wai and used as a form of blessing, baptism and ritual

 

Kaitiakitanga

Protection, guardianship, conservation and preservation

Environmental sustainability concerned with protecting and safeguarding the mauri of the waterways

 

Rāhui

Temporary closure, restricted area

A temporary closure placed on an area for protection purposes including in the event of a drowning or when kai resources are depleted

 

Mahinga Kai

Customary kai gathering practice and sites

A cultural practice of gathering kai and the knowledge that underpins this practice

 

Mihi

Acknowledgement

Acknowledging wai in various ways including karanga (call), waiata (song), karakia, splashing water on the face, or simply talking about the wai

 

Māhaki

Respect

Being respectful towards others at the wai at all times

 

Utu

Reciprocity

The practice of reciprocating what is received from wai and may including giving back to Tangaroa your first catch of kai

 
 
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