We are exploring the development of ecosystem-based management (EBM) that is founded on, and informed by mātauranga and tikanga Māori.
Programme leader: Beth Tupara-Katene
Throughout Māori history the sea has played a dominant role given the ancestral connections and existence of Māori as island peoples for thousands of years. The knowledge established through this connection, alongside the increasingly significant customary and commercial interests held by Māori in the resources of the sea, are contributing to achieving the Challenge’s mission.
The Tangaroa programme is dedicated to exploring the development of ecosystem-based management (EBM) that is founded on, and informed by, mātauranga and tikanga Māori. It is looking at mātauranga-inspired innovations that enable Māori to participate as partners and leaders in marine management and decision-making.
Our projects focus on:
- The practice and maintenance of kaitiakitanga/guardianship in our marine environment.
- Understanding the Māori marine economy and future opportunities.
- Developing practical resources for Māori to support improved marine management.
- Assessing New Zealand's legal and policy frameworks for enabling Māori partnerships and leadership in marine management.
Our approach recognises that positively supporting Māori partnership and participation in managing our marine resources is an important factor in successfully enhancing and sustainably using these resources for future generations.
- Developing an EBM approach that is underpinned and informed by kaitiakitanga.
- Supporting iwi, hapū and whānau understanding and implementation of kaitiakitanga, complemented by EBM science and tools.
- Developing innovatively improved partnership and leadership-based Māori participation in marine management and decision-making.
- Developing an understanding of key components of the Māori marine economy.
We have examined mātauranga Māori associated with the marine environment by analysing key texts, historical archives, literature, reports and legislation.
We are developing a culturally-relevant pathway to enable mana whenua iwi to evaluate and contribute to management of Aotearoa New Zealand’s marine environment.
We are collaborating with Māori communities to review scientific information that may support the expression of kaitiakitanga and other kaupapa tuku iho linked with the domain of Tangaroa.
We are investigating how mātauranga and tikanga Māori and New Zealand law can be applied in the marine estate.
Whaia te Mana Māori Whakahaere Tōtika ki Tangaroa – in pursuit of Māori governance jurisdiction models over marine resources
We are exploring and developing innovative governance tools for the marine environment while enhancing relationships between Māori, the Government and industry.
We will identify and disseminate strategies that support the economic development of Māori organisations that rely on marine ecosystems and the ecological development of these spaces.
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