Rodney Ngawaka

Story teller & Consultant for Indigenous kaupapa, Environmental and Conservation Issues, Mauri World View and Youth Development

Kaitiakitanga Journey
Tangatakaitiaki o Aotea and all of the rohe o Ngatiwai is my passion now having turned the corner from being a concrete worker in the city. I have discovered in my journey so far, that I find peace in nature, and that I have a comfortable affinity with our flora and fauna. I am passionate about keeping our waterways, our land, our airspace, our stories and our history, in a condition that we are proud to pass on to our mokopuna as our tupuna did to us. I believe we all have a responsibility to look after our waterways, our airspace and our land space, our Taonga Tuku Iho for the time that we are here. History tells us that our tupuna have bled for this area because if they didn’t, then we wouldn’t be here. We all need to be vigilant when taking care our legacy at all costs it’s our responsibility for oku mokopuna. Because we are the mokopuna of our tupuna and we have to uphold the tikanga (which goes back to our Gods) the kawa ( a way of doing and being), the Mauri (the essence, the life force of who we are), te ihi, te wehi, te wana.

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Rodney Ngawaka