Ngā Waiherehere - the combining of many streams, flowing out to the moana as one.
While connection through whakapapa is absolute, the year 2020 proved that our physical connection to each other, our awa and our taonga species can be impacted upon. While humanity continues to navigate through the effects of COVID-19 at a global scale, the time has now arrived where we in Aotearoa are lucky enough to reconnect with each other for the benefit of our people, our wai and our taonga species.
Waiherehere speaks to the binding quality of our water. It provides us with life, it provides us with healing and it is the home to our taonga freshwater species. It connects our maunga to the moana and it binds us together as a people.
This year’s conference offers us the opportunity to discuss the challenges and obstacles to our wai and our taonga species face and identify opportunities and pathways we can forge together for the betterment of the domain we have been entrusted with to protect.
Te Wai Māori Trust asks you to join us and co-hosts Ngāti Tūwharetoa at this year’s Te Wai Māori Freshwater Fisheries Conference, 2 and 3 November at the Great Lake Centre Taupō.