The Rūnanga applies three First Principles to it's Kaitiakitanga obligation. They are:
Hau is a strategy that relates to air quality and air waves.
Tai is a strategy to improve marine based activities.
Ngāti Whātua has interests in five harbours throughout its rohe: Whangārei, Mangawhai, Kaipara, Waitematā and Manukau.
The Kaipara Harbour is the largest harbour in the southern hemisphere and is the largest enclosed harbour in Aotearoa.
Research has recently confirmed what Ngāti Whātua people have long known that the Kaipara is a critical breeding ground for a number of species in both the West and East Coasts of the North Island and of course a kohanga for the iconic tamure.
This proximity to the abundance of Tangaroa dictated that Ngāti Whātua placed exceptionally high importance on kaimoana for hospitality, sustenance and trade.
We are currently working closely with the government as the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 is implemented.The Rūnanga also provides advice to local and central government agencies regarding Mana Whenua issues across the rohe relating to both marine and land based resource management.
Hua is a strategy related to land based activities.