Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku
One month dedicated to collective action for our natural world.
Being a part of PKP means being part of a safe space for fam to:
"We always say in our koorero; ko te rangi, ko te papa, ko te whenua. We always uphold that, yet, somehow or rather we manage to destroy it. We need to stop doing that."
- Nana Mamae Takerei
Our vision is that our descendants are left prosperous lands and flourishing waters for the next seven generations
Our mission is to empower generations to stand as custodians of the natural world and collectively leverage our autonomy as consumers to influence fundamental change in modern evolving society.
PKP is a testament to the unlimited possibilities available to you when you follow your heart and lead with purpose. Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku is a legacy carried on from our tūpuna and hopefully to be left for our mokopuna to carry on when we leave. A constant reminder that kaitiakitanga means nothing unless you’re living it. Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku is more than a kaupapa - it is a way of life.
Ōku maunga Taupiri, Huruiki, Ngongotahā, Ōtūkani. Ōku waiora Waikato, Mōkau, Te Awahou, Hāparapara. Ko Waimirirangi ahau. Ōku maunga Taupiri, Mōtakiora, Mauao. Ōku waiora Waikato, Mangaokewa, Tauranga Moana. Ko Tamoko-o-te-Rangi ahau. We are Wai and Ta, these are the mountains and waterways we descend from; the heart of PKP and the foundation from which this initiative started.
We started PKP 4 years ago and it's one of our biggest achievements to date. From PKPs conception, our lives have evolved for the f-cking better. We don't just run PKP in the background, we have strived every single day since Pipiri 2017 to live PKP. This journey has led us to positions of influence to drive action for our taiao not only on the ground, but around decision making tables, recently in ministries and with international influencers. Wai dropped out of university and paved her own path in environmental and Indigenous governance and development. She's travelled the world with PKP and actively seeks to be an example of realisation for young people who are taught to think that uni is the only way. Ta was the only Māori graduate from his Engineering Science class of 2016. He pivoted from his formal career path in local council and paved an applied career path in environmental projects and circular economy in our communities, now inspired to pursue further research education in these spaces. We're definitely not perfect and we don't strive to be. Every step we take on this earth we take with intent to do more for our people, to be better for our communities.