Collection: Hei Koru

Koru: folded, coiled, looped; a circular shape that conveys the idea of perpetual movement, and its inward coil suggests a return to the point of origin.

Māori knowledge, mātauranga intrinsically recognises that all animate and inanimate elements are infused with spirit or living essence; encompassing the element of stewardship, or kaitiakitanga, associated with the term when it is used in relation to resources, including land and water.

The traditional concept of kaitiakitanga is part of a complex, social, cultural, economic and spiritual system that has been established through long association of iwi and hapū with land and waters. To understand kaitiakitanga is to have an understanding of te ao Māori perspectives relating to the world around us.