The Tiaki Promise and Presence on Harbour - Gift Shop, Oamaru


At Presence on Harbour in Oamaru, New Zealand we welcome manuhiri (guests) in the spirit of manaakitanga (respect, kindness and hospitality). 

As part of a tourism gift store offering souvenirs we also present our visitors with a wero (challenge). This wero is a challenge and commitment to care for New Zealand while they are visiting, whether from overseas or here in NZ. This wero is the Tiaki promise.

As Qualmark member of Tourism New Zealand, we encourage all visitors to pick up this wero. To follow the Tiaki Promise. To act as a guardian, protecting and preserving our home.

Taken from the Tiaki website, learn more here -

Tiaki means to care for people, place and culture.

New Zealand is precious, and everyone who lives and travels here has a responsibility to look after it. The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now and for future generations.

By following the Tiaki Promise, you are making a commitment to New Zealand. To act as a guardian, protecting and preserving our home. 


Tiaki is a Māori word that loosely means to care, conserve, and protect. It is a significant part of Māori culture and can be found in important cultural concepts such as kaitiakitanga.

Hope you find this helpful, our team hopes to follow this in all we do.