Tēnā koutou katoa
E ngā karangatanga e maha he hari anā tēnei mihi atu ki a koutou i runga tonu nei i ngā ahuatanga o te tika me te pono o tēnei kaupapa manāki taonga ā whenua, ā wai māori, ā wai tai.
He kaupapa nui whakaharahara te mahi ngātahi tēnei iwi me ngā iwi katoa e nohonoho nei ki tō matou takiwā.
Heoi anō i runga i te peha o tōku tupuna Nōku te kori, kia kori mai hoki koe ka whakatau te kaupapa.
Ko Tapuae-o-Uenuku kei runga hei tititreia mō te iwi
Ko Waiau toa kei raro i hono ai ki tōna hoa ki te hauraro ko Waiau Uha
Ko Te Tai o Marokura te moana i ū mai ai a Tūteurutira kia tau mai ki tō Hineroko whenua i raro i Te Whata Kai a Rokohouia
Ko tōna utanga he tāngata, arā ko ngā Tātare o Tānemoehau
Ā, heke tātai mai ki tēnei ao
Mā tātou anō ngā awa me ngā awaawa, me ngā hiwi, me ngā toropuke, me ngā maunga, me ngā awanunui kei runga i a Kaikōura whenua e tiaki, e atawhai.
Ko Takahanga te marae
Ko Maru Kaitātea te whare tipuna
Ko Ngāti Kuri te hapū
Ko Ngāi Tahu te iwi
Tēnā koutou katoa
To all peoples it is with pleasure we greet you with the best of intentions regarding this important issue of caring for our land, our inland and coastal waterways.
It is equally important that our people work with all others that share our tribal territory.
Therefore we acknowledge the saying that was uttered by our ancestor, if I move then so should you and lay down this document for your consideration.
Tapuae-o-Uenuku is above as a chiefly comb for the people
Waiau toa is below also joining with his partner further south Waiau Uha
Te Tai o Marokura is the ocean crossed by Tūteurutira where he landed upon the shore of the land of Hineroko beneath the lofty food gathering cliffs of Rokohouia
His cargo was people the brave warriors of Tānemoehau
The descendants have remained to this time.
It is now up to us to protect and care for the rivers, valleys, hillocks, ridges, mountains and broad, braided rivers upon the lands of Kaikōura.
Takahanga is the marae
Maru Kaitātea is the ancestral house
Ngāti Kuri is the hapū
Ngāi Tahu is the iwi
Mā te Raupō
The many bonds that strengthen Tapuae o Uenuku give credence to creation within its abundant bounty.