The Kaitiakitanga Report
Ensure Sustainable Futures: “Intergenerational reciprocity.”
There are many expressions of Kaitiakitanga including mana and the use of resources, whakapapa of people to the environment, knowledge (Mātauranga), spiritual beliefs and customary practices.
In the Kaitiakitanga Report, we discuss how Kaitiakitanga can be applied to the economy and economic approaches by incorporating an intergenerational responsibility to protect, maintain and enhance the spiritual, material and economic wellbeing of taonga.
The desired outcome for Kaitiakitanga within the cultural pou of the Māori Plan for Tāmaki Makaurau, 2017 is that Māori cultural wellbeing is future-proofed. Kaitiakitanga in this pou is focused in Māori arts and culture and is a way of caring for objects and cultural heritage in a manner that is tika.
The Māori Plan indicates that within the social pou of Kaitiakitanga the outcome is that whānau wellbeing and resilience is strengthened. Kaitiakitanga indicators focus on the sustainability of whānau wellbeing - they way that whānau are being cared for.
The outcome from Kaitiakitanga within the economic pou is that Māori businesses are improving and enhancing the quality of their people, asset and resource base. Kaitiakitanga has an intergenerational responsibility to protect, maintain and enhance the spiritual, material and economic wellbeing of taonga that have been handed down through generations.
The Kaitiakitanga perspective within the environment pou of the Māori Plan is that Māori are kaitiaki of the environment. This requires balance and working harmoniously with Te Taiao. A whakatauki from Whanganui iwi, "Ko au te awa. Ko te awa ko au." This means that we exist as one with the environment and cannot be seperated.