Resource management and Māori attitudes to water in southern New Zealand
Williams, Jim (2006) Resource management and Māori attitudes to water in southern New Zealand. New Zealand Geographer, 62. pp. 73-80.
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Pre-contact Māori regarded land and water as a single entity, with a common regime of resource management practices. Underpinning these was a world-view that involved unique spiritual concepts, the most important of which was mauri: the notion that a body of water had its own life-force. Waters were classified according to the state of their mauri. The paper outlines traditional approaches and how they are applied today.
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