HE MANA

HE MANA

Water is essential to life and central to identity. Ko wai koe? From whose waters do you descend? Where are you from? What is your lake, river, or spring? You and I, we are water. As a source of identity, water is also important. All Māori have a river or a lake that we belong to. When we say ‘ko wai koe?’ We are asking from whose birthing water do you belong? We are water and water is us.

Kia kaua tātou e wareware. E hoa, he wai tāua.
Lest we forget. Oh friend, you and I, we are water.