In this section
- All about insects
- Ngā pepeke: he pārongo
- The arthropods on the pare
- Poster: He aha tēnei pepeke? What is this bug?
- Poster: Ole a le bug? What is this bug?
- Poster: Sea te manu foliki tenei? What is this bug?
- Poster: He aha tēnei manu? What is this bird?
- Poster: Who is in the wetland? Ko wai kei te repo?
- Poster: Ko wai kei te repo? Who is in the wetland?
- Pollination & pollinators
- The Great Weeds Hunt Aotearoa
- The Story of Tūī | Ngā Kōrero O Te Tūī
- Well-being in a pā harakeke | Hauora i roto i te pā harakeke
Ngā Repo o Aotearoa
Repo (wetlands) are wāhi taonga (treasured areas) and act like the kidneys or sponges of the Earth – Ngā whatukuhu o Papatūānuku– filtering the whenua (land) and wai (water).
They are full of resources and many Māori cultural practices are associated with repo, for example: mahinga kai (food gathering sites), rongoā Māori (medicines), raranga (weaving), waihanga (building and construction). Repo provide unique habitats for taonga species, including: native fish – tuna, kōkopu, īnanga; birds – matuku, kawau; plants – ti kōuka, harakeke.
Whānau/hapū/iwi (tribes) depend on repo for wellbeing, strength and survival.