Kia ora koutou,
It is with great pleasure that Manawhenua stand as a Treaty partner to support Te Ao Tūroa, Dunedin’s Environment Strategy. Dunedin’s natural environment and resources – our landscapes, wildlife, mahika kai and coastline – are a source of pride and prestige for Kāi Tahu, as they are for all the city’s residents, and are a statement of our identity.
Kāi Tahu people see their existence as an integral part of Te Ao Tūroa (the natural world), and it is our inherited role as kaitiaki to ensure the life-supporting functions of our environment are maintained and protected. For Kāi Tahu, all natural resources – air, land, water and indigenous biodiversity – are taoka, or treasures, derived from the atua (gods) and left by the tipuna (ancestors) to provide and sustain life.
As kaitiaki of Dunedin’s natural environment we have two responsibilities: protecting life-supporting capacity and passing the environment to future generations in a state which is as good as, or better than, the current state.
The relationship Kāi Tahu has with the Dunedin City Council is in good heart, reflected by the robust consultation and input of Manawhenua within the development of this strategy. A relationship that reflects genuine partnership is emerging. This strategy sets out how together we will leave Te Ao Tūroa healthy for those who come after us.
Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri, ā muri ake nei – for us and our children after us.
Donna Matahaere-Atariki Matapura Ellison
Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki
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