Mana Ngāti Whātua
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua is driven by three sacred obligations: Mana Ngāti Whātua, Manaakitanga and Kaitiakitanga.
These obligations are upheld through the use of nine First Principles. These principles have been translated to form the Rūnanga strategy for focus and business.
The Rūnanga applies three First Principles to it's Mana Ngāti Whātua obligation. They are:
Reo is a language revitalisation strategy which has been designed to start a process which will rediscover, recover and protect te reo as a spoken language. The focus will be given to quality, correctness and promotion of the distinct language of Ngāti Whātua - te reo o Ngāti Whātua-ake. Promotion through te reo used in homes of the Ngāti Whātua Iwi will determine the success of this strategy. The strategy is currently under review; for more information click on the Reo link in the column to the left.
Mua is a cultural heritage strategy which has been designed to rediscover, recover and protect the cultural heritage information that is unique to Ngāti Whātua. The purpose is to reconnect the Iwi with their heritage and encourage them to expand on this applying it in new ways while looking after the integrity of our tupuna's valuable legacy.
Toi is the arts and creativity strategy which believes that the arts have always provided a variety of ways to express identity and reflect and interpret the environment around people. Vital information can be embellished, issues can be brought to the fore and beauty can be appreciated. The strategy of Toi looks to begin a process of fostering creative talent and raising the status of the unique arts of Ngāti Whātua.