New Zealand is precious, and everyone who lives in and travels here has a responsibility to look after it. The Tiaki Promise is committed to caring for New Zealand for now and future generations. By following the Tiaki Promise, you are committing to New Zealand. To act as a guardian, protecting and preserving our home.

What is the Tiaki promise?

Care for land, sea and nature, treading lightly and leaving no trace
Travel safely, showing care and consideration for all
Respect culture, travelling with an open heart and mind

These 3 values below form the basis of the Tiaki Promise………
KAITIAKITANGA is based on traditional Māori world views and includes the conservation, replenishment and sustainability of the environment. It is about safeguarding the future. Kaitiaki is a New Zealand Maori term used for the concept of guardianship for the sky, the sea, and the land. A kaitiaki is a guardian,
MANAAKITANGA means the process of showing respect, generosity and care for the people who use services, their whānau and communities. It also means to show respect and care for their information and stories.
WHANAUNGATANGA is about forming and maintaining relationships and strengthening ties between kin and communities

Te Mangoroa


The image depicts a 2 meter carving of te Mangoroa (the shark god) set amongst the Milky Way. The carving displays in our home and was a gift to Karen and I that celebrates Shauns life. In Māori legend, the demi-god Māui placed a shark in the heavens, forming Māngōroa – the Milky Way galaxy

Hamiora Pio, from the Ngati Awa tribe continues the legend

  • The most numerous tribe in the heavens is the Mangoroa, the most numerous folk in the sky. Their duty is to move together - elder and younger, father and mother, grandchildren, husband, wife, child, old man, cousin, all move together. Their chief task is to foretell the coming of day. That people of the heavens represents our principal token of daylight. When one end of the Mangoroa swings eastward, the other westward, then day is at hand Polynesians, the ancestors of Māori, thought of sharks as guardian spirits. Many Hawaiian families had an aumakua, or shark protector.

We embrace this legend and its connection to our life on the sea

  • We are committed to respecting and sharing the history and stories of Aotearoa and in doing so adding our bit to protect the culture, history and environment for future generations.
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