Working with Māori to capture the needs and aspirations of all sectors of society, and unlock the potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people
In the Sustainable Seas Challenge, working with iwi will contribute directly to the desired outcomes of the Taiao (achieving environmental sustainability through iwi and hapū relationships with land and sea) and Mātauranga (exploring indigenous knowledge and RS&T) themes of Vision Mātauranga, which include an “increased understanding of how the New Zealand land and seascape is distinctively experienced and explained by iwi and hapū, and of the contribution this can make to achieving sustainable environmental outcomes and healthy communities”.
A range of forums exist that include whānau, hapū, iwi and national Māori organisational engagement and these processes will enable a broad canvassing of Māori views and aspirations that will inform the Challenge.
The project was completed in early 2017. In it, we reviewed and evaluated international examples where indigenous environmental and economic approaches were incorporated into a resource management policy framework. A paper on it will be published in AlterNative Journal, and a second has been submitted to the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law.
This project is investigating the concept of a digital repository to protect, preserve and record the whakapapa (lineage) of all information and data gathered and identified by Sustainable Seas as mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge). This will collate a unique body of knowledge that sits at the interface of indigenous knowledge and the research and science of Sustainable Seas.
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We are co-funding the latest collaborative Art + Science project run by the Dunedin School of Art and University of Otago. 2018’s theme is Art + Oceans. Artists will work with scientists from the University of Otago to develop artworks relating to ocean science interpreted in a broad context.
School pupils can now explore a real-world issue facing New Zealand – how to best manage our vast marine resources – thanks to a collaboration between the Sustainable Seas Challenge and Science Learning Hub.
Improving marine management is critical to New Zealand's future health and wealth, but research in isolation is not enough. Excellent engagement with, and participation from, all users and sectors of society is essential. We have therefore been working with our Board and Stakeholder Panel members to identify Treaty partners, organisations and individuals to co-develop our strategy for 2019–2024.