Wāhi Tapu

Wāhi Tapu

Our relationship with the whenua and wai is integral to our identity as a people.  Our wāhi tapu confirm our close relationship with our environment, as well as containing the mauri or life force that is contained in all parts of the natural environment, and which binds the spiritual and physical world.

For Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, the traditions and stories reinforce our iwi identity and solidarity as well as denoting the continuity that exists across generations.  These traditions record places and events that have shaped Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō as an iwi over many generations.