Tamariki children exploring hot springs at Rapaki Bay, New Zealand

Kaitiakitanga o te Moana - Guardians of the sea

Mātauranga o te Moana

Knowledge of the Sea

Traditionally, our tamariki learnt to identify kaimoana species by getting in the moana to see for themselves exactly where they live and how to gather them. Not everyone has the access, the ability or the mātauranga o te moana, the knowledge of the sea.

But all tamariki can learn anywhere in the world these days, how to speak te reo Māori, correct tikanga/protocols and about their own whakapapa, with an abundance of on line study options and general information, and the many books and games that are available.

Ruku Play, a small Māori owned business, is about giving our tamariki a sense of kaitiakitanga, guardianship over taonga tuku iho, treasures from the ocean and past generations.

Our hauora tinana (physical health) is such an important part of our lives, as is water safety in the pool. Our dive toys not only give basic understanding of kaimoana names and visual identification, but dive retrieval games build skills, confidence and fitness, while having heaps of fun and a little bit of competition.

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