Ngati Whatua are the Tangata Whenua of the rohe (region) in which Kawai Purapura sits. The Prema Trust, which owns and operates Kawai Purapura, has a memorandum of understanding with Ngati Whatua, which guides the relationship. Central to this relationship is the whenua (land) of Kawai Purapura. The name of Kawai Purapura was gifted by Ngati Whatua kuia and kaumatua (elders) at a whakawaatea (dawn blessing) in 2009.
We are indebted to Ngati Whatua for the ongoing support and assistance in ensuring that our activities are consistent with the common values, principles and understanding we share, particularly in terms of environmental and health issues.
The relationship is one of partnership, with several important collaborative projects planned for the next few years. This partnership will work towards the development of educational, social and research programmes that foster understanding, greater health for all members of society and greater opportunities for Maori students from Ngati Whatua and other taurahere Maori residents within Tamaki Makaurau.
The preservation of Kawai Purapura and its environment is an important aspect of the relationship, and one that will be fostered over the coming years.