Tapuwae promotes value of Maori heritage to all


Promoting the value of Māori heritage to all New Zealanders is a key message in the publication ofTapuwae by Heritage New Zealand’s Māori Heritage Council released today.

John Clarke with Tapuwae
Maori Heritage Council Chair John Clarke. Image: Heritage New Zealandexpand/collapse

Tapuwae, which means ‘sacred footprint’, identifies the statutory functions the Māori Heritage Council works within under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act (2014), the role of the Council, the value of Māori heritage, aspirations for Māori heritage, the listing categories and other information.  

"Māori heritage is of value to not only Māori, but to all New Zealanders," says Council chair, John Clarke.

"The Council believes that Tapuwae will help replace the sense of isolation of Māori heritage as a sideline of this nation’s life, culture and consciousness by promoting an understanding of its value to all."

Mr Clarke (Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi) praised the work of the current, highly-experienced Council comprising Deputy Chair Naida Glavish (Ngāti Whātua), Tā Pita Sharples (Ngāti Kahungunu), Kim Ngarimu (Ngāti Porou), Antoine Coffin (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi), Wayne Marriott (Ngāti Pākehā), Patrick McGarvey (Tūhoe) and Richard Bradley (Rangitaane ki Wairau) and the input from former Council members and Heritage New Zealand Tira staff for developing Tapuwae.

"The Māori Heritage Council’s role is critical to Heritage New Zealand’s positive engagement with iwi, hapū and whānau," says John.

"Tapuwae articulates a clear vision for how that can be achieved, with Te Tiriti o Waitangi being the foundation document for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga to work from.  The Council believes Māori heritage places are taonga as expressed in Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna perform at the launch. Image: Heritage New Zealandexpand/collapse

"As the introduction in Tapuwae says, Māori heritage is New Zealand’s heritage.  Heritage New Zealand offers Tapuwae as a contribution to this country’s developing sense of nationhood that takes pride in its indigenous heritage and associated value systems."

With Tapuwae, the Māori Heritage Council seeks to:

  • Support kaitiakianga by whānau, hapū and iwi with respect to their heritage places
  • Increase the value all New Zealanders ascribe on Māori heritage places so that it is regarded as a taonga (treasure) of the nation
  • Protect and enhance places of Māori heritage
  • Develop an understanding of how Māori heritage places can contribute to health, well-being, culture and identity.

The first vision document was released in 2010 and developed by former members of the Māori Heritage Council including Sir Tumu Te Heuheu (Chair), Dr Charles Royal, Michael Spedding, Waka Vercoe, Dr Merata Kawharu, Gerard O’Regan, Dr Apirana Mahuika, Manos Nathan, Jamie Tuuta, Che Wilson and Dr Harry Allen.  

Tapuwae is available to read and download from this website.

For further information regarding Tapuwae please contact:

Trevor Himona
Senior Māori Heritage Policy Advisor
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
tel: (04) 472 4341
email: thimona@heritage.org.nz