Ko te Awa te mātāpuna o te ora

    The river is the source of spiritual and physical sustenance

    E rere kau mai te Awa nui mai i te Kāhui Maunga ki Tangaroa

    The great River flows from the mountains to the sea

    Ko au te Awa, ko te Awa ko au

    I am the River and the River is me

    Ngā manga iti, ngā manga nui e honohono kau ana, ka tupu hei Awa Tupua

    The small and large streams that flow into one another form one River

    Te awa tupua font

    The Whanganui River is a living being that nourishes and sustains the land and the people both physically and spiritually from the Mountains to the Sea. As our people say, 'When the River is well, we are well.'

    For decades, people in past governments have rejected this notion and have treated the River as a commodity, overriding our concerns and taking from the River, causing harm to our waterways and ecosystems.

    Through the landmark Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Act 2017, the river has its own voice. It is calling on local and central government and river users to view it holistically, as a living and indivisible whole.

    In Te Awa Tupua, everyone has a place. And we must work together to keep the River clean and healthy, so that we may maintain our special connection, and so our children and whānau can enjoy it safely for generations to come.

    For more information about Te Awa Tupua and our story click here or to get in touch click here

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