Protecting the mauri of the waterbody requires:
(mauri: meaning the life force which all objects contain)
- Protecting the integrity and cultural uses of lakes, rivers and wetlands by preventing unnatural mixing of waters from different sources;
- Preventing the direct discharge of contaminants to water, in particular the discharge of human waste water;
- Requiring the discharge of water from agricultural and industrial waste water to pass through land before it enters a river, lake or wetland; and
- Encouraging the restoration of wetlands and riparian margins because of their ability to trap and remove some types of pollutants.
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Papatuanuku (Mother Earth) supports life including all people, flora and fauna. Waterways represent the blood vessels that supply nourishment to her and, through her, to all living things