E kore au e ngaro, he kakano i ruia mai i Rangiatea
Kia Ora! Knowing who we are is essential in maintaining our wealth of language and cultural customary practices & knowledge. Having a sense of belonging to family, ancestral lands, and a place of gathering are important for Maori because it is wellbeing of life, health and prosperity.
Whenua is our economic resource base, Reo is our communication system, Tikanga is our native customary practices, and cultural values and beliefs, Mana Whakahaere is our authority and power structure, Matauranga is our knowledge based education system, and Wairua is our spiritual esoteric essence.
Mana Maori Ora
This is the 1835 Sovereign flag of Independence of The United Tribes of Aotearoa, which is Internationally recognised for commerce and trade. The Sovereign flag of Independence is still the official national flag of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Today in 2008, Indigenous Maori continue to embrace, to enjoy and uphold customary lore jurisdiction as clearly stated below in the two founding constitutional documents known as He Whakaputanga o Te Rangatiratanga o nga Hapu o Aotearoa 1835 (The Declaration of Independant Tribes of New Zealand) and Te Tiriti o Waitangi 1840 (The Treaty of Waitangi). Both, He Whakaputanga o te rangatiratanga o Nga Hapu o Aotearoa and Te Tiriti o Waitangi have been embedded in the Statutory form of Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 (Maori Land Act 1993), and Te Ture Whenua Maori Constitution Regulations Act 94/95.
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