Kaitiakitanga – A sense of guardianship and protection for our land
A kaitiaki is a guardian. This can be a person or group that cares for an area such as a lake or forest. Kaitiakitanga means guardianship and protection, a deep kinship between humans and the natural world. It is a way of managing the environment, based on the Māori world view. It does not focus on ownership, but on authority and responsibility. Kaitiakitanga is concerned with both sustainability of the environment and the utilisation of its benefits. At Cathedral Cove Kayaks we directly interact with the natural world every day. We have a deep respect for the ocean and strive to protect and preserve it for generations to come. As school children we are taught ‘Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children’. We believe we have a responsibility to respect and nurture our natural environment and where possible we aim to leave it a better state than when we arrived.
Whanaungatanga is about relationships and feeling a sense of belonging. A sea kayaking adventure is an amazing way to connect with likeminded travellers and meet the locals.
The staff at Cathedral Cove Kayaks aim to create a comfortable and inclusive environment where guests can relax, be themselves and share their story. We are ‘people people’ who enjoy interacting with others. We are friendly and compassionate people who pride ourselves on delivering unifying and fulfilling tours every time.