“I take my role as a kaitiaki (guardian) of my culture and natural environment – very seriously. I acknowledge the sacrifices of my tupuna/ancestors and want to be a good descendent.” ~ Rueben
“Back in my great-grandparents time we all helped each other to build homes.” – Heeni
Taking a holistic approach to project management for us, means considering:
- The history and previous use of the land.
- Seeking kaumātua advice on the positioning of a new whare.
- Location of family urupā/burial or other sites of significance.
- Always utilising resources with knowledge, respect and responsibility.
- Choose a site that is secure, sheltered and safe from possible floods but close to a water source.
- Koha ~ Give back to everyone who has helped along the way.
- Share knowledge.
- We follow the Maramataka – the Māori lunar calendar.
“While building a house, we maximise output on optimum days. Just as importantly, when it was best to rest and not stress if things weren’t running smoothly.” – Rueben