HE TAPU

HE TAPU

To te iwi Māori, water held a significant place; it had a divine whakapapa. Water is the only substance we ‘inu’ or drink; all other liquids are consumed. Water can be both a Tapu and a Noa substance and can be used to both invoke and lift tapu. For generations our ancestors have understood that the purity of our water was intrinsically linked with the vitality of our people. As a food source, a place of bathing, a ceremonial area, and as a source of drinking water, water is essential to life.