Tūrangawaewae is an important Māori idea.
- tūranga (standing place)
- waewae (feet)
It is often translated as ‘a place to stand’.
Tūrangawaewae are places where we feel strong and connected. A person’s marae is often seen as their Tūrangawaewae.
Pepeha – tribal sayings
Tūrangawaewae can include other places as well. Many tribes are connected to mountains, waterways and important ancestors. When people from Taranaki identify themselves, they say:
Ko Taranaki te maunga
Ko Hangataahua te awa
Ko Taranaki te iwi.
Taranaki is the mountain
Hangataahua is the river
Taranaki is the tribe.
(Source: Te Ara the Encyclopedia of New Zealand)