The sea holds a lot of significance to tāngata Māori and ngā tāngata o Aotearoa in general! In NZ we are surrounded by the ocean, our rivers and waterways all lead to the sea. We use the sea for many recreational activities in our life but importantly it holds life and that life nourishes and sustains us.
I believe Waitangi day gives us the opportunity to reflect on our past and offer hope for progress in the future. By understanding and working together we see others perspectives and build unity in moving forward. To honour the Treaty I believe in some ways it seems simple. To me it’s about accepting and respecting that Māori were the indigenous people of Aotearoa, Tangata whenua (People of the land) and that this is valuable and valued.
Matariki is becoming more widely acknowledged and we seek to reconnect with old customs and traditions but we are also creating and developing a new appreciation and new traditions for this special time of year, here in Aotearoa.
Kia Ora! My name is Beth and I'm on a mission to learn, grow and share my love and understanding of all things Māori.