Story: Kaitiakitanga – guardianship and conservation

Forest scene

Forest scene

This vibrant rainforest illustrates the Māori term matomato. It has two meanings: green, and growing vigorously. When the forest is matomato it shows its mana (spiritual power).

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Kaitiakitanga – guardianship and conservation - Key concepts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2023)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007