Introduction

Ngati Tama welcomes you to Horoirangi Marine Reserve.

A school of butterfly perch in Horoirangi Marine Reserve. Image: Eric Simmons.
A school of butterfly perch in
Horoirangi Marine Reserve

Nau mai ’aere mai, e nga manu’iri o nga ’au e w’a
Welcome to all people from all four winds

Mai i te ’au kainga o tenei ro’e me kii ko Ngati Tama o Wakapuaka
From us, the home people of Ngati Tama of Wakapuaka.

Mai i rano he ka’a te ’ononga i waenganui i te Iwi Maori me te ao tuturu.
For all time the link between Maori people and the natural world has been strong.

E w’akanui ana tatou i a Tangaroa me nga tini rawa o te moana.
We respect Tangaroa and the multitude of his resources.

Engari kua moumoutia e tatou aua rawa, kia a’ua ngaro ’aere ai.
But we have wasted these resources, and some are disappearing.

Me w’akarerekë i era tikanga, me ma’i ta’i tatou w’akaora ai i nga tamariki a Tangaroa
Let’s change these ways, and work in unison to restore Tangaroa’s children

kia rite ano ki nga ra o o tatou tupuna,
to what they were in the time of our ancestors,

mau tonu ai mo nga w’akatupuranga e ’eke mai nei.
and retain them for the generations to come.

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