Te Mauri o te Wai
Water has mauri, a vitality or essence that supports life. The actions we each take can enhance mauri, or they can diminish mauri. The mauri of water affects the mauri of people.
It is about the health of water. It is also about the deep connections between water, the environment and people.
Te mauri o te wai calls for a future where our young people can swim in and eat from our rivers, estuaries and harbours.
There are different ideas of how we protect and enhance te mauri o te wai, and we believe this opens an exciting space for discussion and collaboration.
What our values look like
A value-based approach connects our decisions back to what matters most.
When we talk about values, we are describing what is important to us.
Healthy water systems nourish the natural environment.
We meet our everyday water needs safely, reliably and efficiently.
Recreation and amenity
We enjoy being in, on, and near the water.
Water contributes to our identities and beliefs, as individuals, and as part of communities.
Our communities, catchments, and coastlines are resilient to natural hazards and the impacts of climate change.
Read more about our vision and values