“ko te wai, ko te whenua e ora ai te ao, koia anō hoki e ora ai te tangata”
Renei NgawatiCampaign Evaluator
Ko wai Au? (from whose waters do I descend?)
Taumarere herehere I te riri, te puna i keteriki, e tu atu nei Ngati Hine pukepukerau
Ko Renei Ngawati toku ingoa. He uri ahau o nga tupuna I tu ana ki nga awa o Taumarere me utukura ki te Tai tokerau. He hononga ano ki te awa o Uawanui ki te Tai rawhiti. Tena koutou.
Waimāori is important to me because:
To stand in healthy water, to feel its vitality through a living and vibing mauri does more for your health than I think we generally realise. Being able to lift water from the awa through your hands and drink is an act we take for granted, but are increasingly unable to do in most cases. Waimaori has become a commodity, when it is a right. Drinking water is one act I can control, just me, while I help chip away and the environmental and social factors impacting our waterways. We all have to help with that one.
My favourite part about being in the Fizz Free Campaign team is:
My fav thing about being apart of the fizz free campaign is that it challenges me to join in and hold myself to the kaupapa. Its great that it is in February because I am encouraged to think about other ways to have cold refreshing drinks in the hot weather.