To Maori, air is a taonga or treasure. The Waikato region generally has good air quality, but some areas experience air pollution. Maori are concerned about effects of pollutants on health, the environment and the spiritual values of other taonga.
Air is viewed as a taonga derived from Ranginui (the sky father). Maori legend tells that following the separation of Ranginui and Papatuanuku (the earth mother) their child Tawhirimatea fled with Ranginui to his new home in the sky. From there Tawhirimatea controls the wind and elements.
Air pollution degrades and lessens the mauri or life-force of this taonga. It also affects the mauri of other taonga, for example plants and animals, as all living things need air and all things share the same air.
It’s important to Māori to exercise kaitiakitanga to protect and maintain the mauri of taonga.
Tangata whenua in the Waikato region are concerned about the health effects of:
Māori are also concerned about the effects air pollution has on:
Find out more about Māori use and perspectives on management of the Waikato region’s resources in:
|Taonga||Something prized or treasured|
|Tangata Whenua||People of the land|
|Waahi Tapu||Sacred site|