||This saying encapsulates the sentiments expressed within this thesis. The major mission of the study is to gather and preserve the tribal knowledge belonging to my iwi Ngati Maniapoto, on Te Mauri Kohatu. The assignment honours the understanding of the traditional beliefs and practises associated with the ancient lore of the Kohatu. Anchoring the practice is the traditional notion that Te Mauri Kohatu were a means to enhance health and wellbeing. This belief has existed for Maori since time immemorial. According to oral traditions the ancestor Tane te Wananga ascended into the Toi o Nga Rangi, the highest realm of the Rangituhaha. From therehe secured the three Kete o te Wananga, the three Baskets of Knowledge. Accompanying this wisdom were two Mauri Kohatu; the Whatukura a Tane and the Whatukura a Tangaroa. Traditions also support the notion that from these two Kohatu came the understanding of the spiritual and healing properties associated with Te Mauri Kohatu.Articulated in the research is a significant body of wisdom gifted by my Ngati Maniapoto elders to benefit the descendants of our iwi, both spiritually and intellectually. Ngati Maniapoto ancestors arrived in Aotearoa / New Zealand on board the voyaging waka Tainui.The safe delivery and continued existence, of my ancestors in this land was credited to their belief in the power and the force of Te Mauri Kohatu. The ancient lore of the Kohatu guided their movements on both land and sea. Ngati Maniapoto ancestors have, throughout the generations, perpetuated the ancient lore of the Kohatu in our Ngati Maniapoto tribal homelands. The writing of my thesis is an opportunity to gather, retain and celebrate our knowledge, our heritage that will advance the health and wellbeing of the descendants of Ngati Maniapoto now and in times to come.