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He Manawa Whenua Indigenous Research Conference

He Manawa Whenua is a bi-annual Indigenous research conference hosted by Te Kotahi Research Institute. The conference attracts a large number of Indigenous peoples’ from around the world providing a unique and vibrant space to share and engage in knowledge with other Indigenous peoples’.

He Manawa Whenua is the Māori term for a sub-terrainal aquifer or an underground spring. It is from this source that the most pure, clear and refreshing water is obtained, being naturally filtered through the land before emerging at the surface. Water is life, and because a Manawa Whenua originates deep within the earth, Māori believe it is a most precious resource vital for the well-being of the people. The statement “he manawa whenua e kore e mimiti”, considers that the flow of the underground spring is everlasting, therefore its benefits are unlimited.

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