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I am the river, the river is me
E rere kau mai te Āwanui, Mai i te Kāhui maunga ki Tangaroa. Kō au te Āwa, kō te Āwa kō au.
The Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Act was passed in 2017.
The act recognises Te Awa Tupua as an indivisible and living whole comprising the Whanganui River from the mountains to the sea, with all its tributaries, physical and metaphysical elements.
The Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Act 2017 recognises a unique legal status for the Whanganui River and creates a framework at law to support the innate values of the Whanganui River, practised for centuries by Whanganui hapū and iwi.
Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui is the iwi authority for Te Awa Tupua.
Four values, called Tupua Te Kawa, guide all actions and decision-making to provide for the health and well-being of both the river and its people. The paradigm shift from merely speaking about the river to actively speaking to the river as a community is powered by this new status and the time-honoured values of Tupua Te Kawa.
Tupua te Kawa are the innate values of Te Awa Tupua. Tupua te Kawa is the name for the natural law and value system of Te Awa Tupua, which binds the people to the River and the River to the people.
The kawa are expressed in four overriding principles which shape relationships and interactions with Whanganui River:
The first principle: The River is the source of spiritual and physical sustenance
The second principle: The great River flows from the mountains to the sea
The third principle: I am the River and the River is me
The fourth principle: The small and large streams that flow into one another and form one River
The purpose of Te Pou Tupua is to be the human face and act in the name of Te Awa Tupua. Te Pou Tupua is comprised of two people forming one station.
Te pou o te whakatupua
Te pou o te whakatawhito
Te pou o Ranginui e tū nei!
The celestial post
The ancient post
The pillar of universal order!
In November 2017 Turama Hawira and Dame Tariana Turia were officially inaugurated into the joint role of Te Pou Tupua at a ceremony at Ngāpuwaiwaha marae, Taumarunui.
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