Ocean Beach, Whangārei Heads, Northland
Utu acknowledges the reciprocal nature of all relationships, and the obligation to sustain them in appropriate balance. Tika refers to rightness of action – that is, action that acknowledges and enhances mana, and sustains and enhances the well-being of all.
For environmental governance, this means that people do not exploit te taiao; rather, we maintain environmental relationships in a state of balance. As we receive sustenance, we also give back and sustain. Environmental decision-making reflects the mana of oceans, rivers, lands and species. We acknowledge past imbalances, and provide time and resources for rebalancing and restoration. We also sustain balanced relationships among people, reflecting their mana.
We have guided our action plan with four key themes
Mātauranga refers to knowledge and understanding – to a way of seeing the world through a lens of kinship, of recognising the reciprocal responsibilities that arise from human-environment relationships.