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.
Latest news and updates
Jonathan Chan, from Auckland Grammar School, has won the Eureka Award Gold Scholarship sponsored by NIWA for the most innovative and creative science, technology and/or engineering solution that addresses issues at the core of the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge.
In August, we held a follow up workshop in Nelson for regional stakeholders and iwi. Their input was extremely valuable for our researchers developing ecosystem models and tools, which will be used for scenario testing.
Managing the cumulative effects from natural events and human activities is one of the most urgent and complex problems facing our coastal and marine ecosystems. The many agencies responsible for managing these spaces are working together to address this challenge.