Story: Kaitiakitanga – guardianship and conservation

Maketū wetlands

Maketū wetlands

The peninsula at Maketū was named by Te Arawa chief Tamatekapua after the bridge of his nose. Chiefs often claimed land by naming it after parts of their body, making it tapu (sacred).

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Photograph by Jock Phillips

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Kaitiakitanga – guardianship and conservation - Connected to nature', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/11576/maketu-wetlands (accessed 17 October 2017)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007