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The Core Māori​ Values

Core Māori values have informed the development of earlier Māori design principles. These process-oriented principles have provided the foundation for, and underpin the application of, the outcome-oriented Te Aranga Māori Design Principles.

  • Rangatiratanga: The right to exercise authority and self-determination within one's own iwi / hapū​ realm
  • Kaitiakitanga: managing and conserving the environment as part of a reciprocal relationship, based on the Māori world view that we as humans are part of the natural world
  • Manaakitanga: the ethic of holistic hospitality whereby mana whenua have inherited obligations to be the best hosts they can be
  • Wairuatanga: the immutable spiritual connection between people and their environments
  • Kotahitanga: unity, cohesion and collaboration
  • Whanaungatanga: a relationship through shared experiences and working together which provides people with a sense of belonging
  • Mātauranga: Māori / mana whenua knowledge and understanding

These core Māori values are seen as underpinning and guiding the application of the seven Te Aranga Māori Design Principles.​​
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