“Kaitiakitanga” means guardianship, protection or preservation, and is the traditional Maori philosophy of protecting the environment for future generations.


Maori traditionally believe a great kinship exists between people and the natural world, where people are deeply connected to the land. Under this belief, all life is connected like a web and people are merely a fragment of the natural order.

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At Te Puia, we are the Kaitiaki (guardians) of Te Whakarewarewa thermal valley. It is our duty to ensure the sustainability of the geothermal environment and the protection and perpetuation of Māori culture, traditions, arts and crafts.