Story: Kaitiakitanga – guardianship and conservation

Whai (stingray)

Whai (stingray)

In the Te Whānau-ā-Apanui tribal area the whai (stingray) is seen as a kaitiaki (guardian), which protects the areas where shellfish are harvested. It was believed that if people followed the right tikanga (customary practices), the stingray would ensure there were plenty of shellfish.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Kaitiakitanga – guardianship and conservation - Kaitiaki – guardians', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 June 2024)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007