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, known as Te Awa Tupua.
To Whanganui Iwi and hapū (tribes), the health and wellbeing of one element of the River is intrinsically connected to the health and wellbeing of the whole River, and to the people of the River.
For decades, people in past governments have rejected this view and have treated the River as a commodity, breaking it down in parts and overriding our concerns, causing harm to our waterways and ecosystems.
In a world first, the Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Act 2017 has given the River its voice back, and it is calling on the wider community to now view it holistically, as a living and indivisible whole.
By working together and making collective decisions to keep the River clean and healthy, we represent a long-overdue paradigm shift, and a move towards restorative justice and sustainable practices for healthy waterways.
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Do you whakapapa to the Whanganui River? Would you and your whānau like to be registered on the Whanganui Iwi Database? What does that mean?
It means that you get sent pānui and updates on kaupapa related to the Whanganui River and Te Awa Tupua, the people and the river from the Mountains to the Sea. You can also apply for the different grants that are advertised on our website and facebook page.
If you are already on the database and need to up date your details please head to the database or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org