There is often debate about the importance of tikanga.
As stated in the introduction, tikanga stems from the dawn of time and therefore is the deciding factor that makes us unique as a people.
Tikanga permeates throughout all aspects of life and sets the codes of conduct for all situations, from interacting with people, to preparing medicine, gathering kai (food), building marae, performing kapa haka and every other aspect of daily life.
Tikanga is not theoretical but practical. It needs to be written on the heart and from there it becomes an integral part of us.
By removing or forgetting our tikanga, our customs and traditions, we leave behind our tupuna and have nothing that distinguishes us from other peoples.