About Kaitiaki o Ngahere

Kaitiaki o Ngahere has been based in the top of the South and bottom of the North Islands of New Zealand since 2006. 

Kaitiaki o Ngahere is the name given to us by local iwi, Ngati Kuia.  Literally translated this means ‘guardian of the forest’.  However, the true meaning is more complex.  The word tiaki is the basis of the longer word kaitiakitanga.  Tiaki means to guard.  It also means to preserve, foster, protect and shelter.  The prefix kai means someone who carries out an action.  A kaitiaki is a person, group or being that acts as a carer, guardian, protector and conserver.  Kaitiakitanga means guardianship, protection, preservation or sheltering. It is a way of managing the environment, based on the traditional Māori world view.  So, notions of care and protection are at the heart of kaitiakitanga, and give it its conservation ethic.  This is explained especially well in ‘Tohunga – Hohepa Kereopa’ by Paul Moon (David Ling publishing).
“ When one considers kaitiaki, you have to consider for what purpose it is being used.  If you have a pipi bed, for example, you cannot talk about kaitiaki until you know about all the concepts and life of the pipi.  So you need to know how to keep the pipi safe, but you keep it safe for the pipi’s benefit, and not for yours.  Because the job of kaitiaki is to keep the things of Creation safe.  The return from this is the relationship you get with the thing you are protecting, and the knowledge and learning that comes from that....So, for example, you don’t go and tell the pipi how to live, you allow it to have the opportunity to live the way it knows best, and that is what kaitiaki is”.

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Health & Safety

The management of Kaitiaki o Ngahere Ltd is committed to providing and maintaining a safe and healthy working environment for its employees, visitors, and all persons using the premises as a place of work. We are a member of Site Safe www.sitesafe.org.nz – an independent, not-for-profit industry wide organisation whose aim is to promote improvements in the health and safety practices of the construction industry. Our staff undertake training in Health and Safety at all levels and use site specific hazard plans daily for each job.