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Environmental Ethics

Volume 16, Issue 4, Winter 1994

John Patterson
Pages 397-409
DOI: 10.5840/enviroethics19941645

Maori Environmental Virtues

The standard sources for Maori ethics are the traditional narratives. These depict all things in the environment as sharing a common ancestry, and as thereby required, ideally, to exhibit certain virtues of respect and responsibility for each other. These environmental virtues are expressed in terms of distinctively Maori concepts: respect for mauri and tapu, kaitiakitanga, whanaungatanga, manaakitanga, and environmental balance. I briefly explore these Maori environmental virtues, and draw from them some messages for the world at large.

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