August 26, 2022
Kai and kaitiakitanga dive school mission
The co-founder of a Rotorua-based diving school says seeing the world from underwater can help bring home the importance of kaitiakitanga.
Aotearoa Dive offers a range of recreational and professional diving courses.
Maketu native Renee Tapsell says she started the company after travelling the world and seeing the environmental damage in many diving spots.
“We’ve really got to make sure we’re caring for our environment so not only are we creating safe divers, but we also want to create advocate advocates for our oceans and our lakes. We are the kaitiaki of this space, particularly here,” she says.
In an effort to improve the water skills of those who gather kai Moana for their local marae, Ngāti Whakaue Education Endowment Trust Board is offering a Kia Ruku Kia Ora – Dive and Stay Alive programme in which Ngāti Whakaue members who compete in the current Aotearoa Dive course can get back 75 percent of the fee.