Maori believe that all natural resources are Taonga and Taonga are all treasures created on earth.
KHLTD identifies all these organisms and materials (seen and unseen), as being Taonga and contends that Maori have the right to develop Taonga and also the right of development of Taonga not known in 1840.
Some of the Taonga organisms and materials in our possession are offered for a koha/gift to Rongoa Maori Tohunga and whanaunga Rakau Rongoa practitioners, to balance our Western commercial rights against Maori Treaty of Waitangi rights, that granted Maori citizenship rights and full protection of their interests and status.
The Treaty of Waitangi is significant for Rongoa Maori because it grants Maori the right to their own perspectives of health, the right to engage in their cultural traditions and therefore the right to protect Rongoa Maori.
This cultural framework extends out to all indigenous tribal peoples of the world and KHLTD works within the indigenous framework of the international United Nations C.B.D, ABS framework.
KHLTD has focused on sustainability to minimise their presence in this space.
KHLTD incorporates both a Maori and a Western value system within their enterprise framework, which extrapolates into being paid monies within the commercial Western paradigm and offering raw and extracted medicinal materials to Maori within the Maori koha/gift paradigm.
Managing Director Fred Allen is of part Maori and of part European descent and, claims his Tiriti o Waitangi rights to walk/work in both worlds.
Taonga were protected, and the rights to develop Taonga existed under Tiriti o Waitangi Article Two.
Maori derive their ancestral hereditary rights from their Tupuna.
Nga Atua, the interconnections, Whakapapa of each Kaitiaki (without Nga Atua you have no Taonga), Mauri, the integrity of all Taonga, Kaitiakitanga, the body of wisdom for guardianship and custodianship relating to all things Maori.
Taonga, are all the treasures created on earth, and Tikanga, the practice of policies and procedures for implementation.
The Crown has a fiduciary duty to protect Taonga known at 1840 or discovered later for Maori.
Maori have submitted to the Waitangi Tribunal that, “there is ownership of Taonga”, when the Crown says,” there is no ownership in “Taonga”
The claimants also submit to the Tribunal to address the ambiguity of the Crown, to address the question and answer trail of “The right to develop Taonga”, of which Maori had customary use, “prior to 1840” as a development of Maori as a people.
That Maori also have the right under the partnership principle to “The development of Taonga not known in 1840.
Kiwi Herbs Ltd has identified and incorporated most of the New Zealand biota and natural resources, into Taonga/Treasures lists.
The Taonga/Treasures Lists are: