Whaia te Mana Māori Whakahaere Tōtika ki Tangaroa – in pursuit of Māori governance jurisdiction models over marine resources

Our aim is to co-develop and produce research on 21st century Māori governance jurisdiction models, frameworks and best practices, to support EBM for our marine resources that is consistent with Māori tikanga/custom and mātauranga/knowledge.

Project leader: Robert Joseph, University of Waikato

Innovatively improved pathways

This project is a collaboration between the University of Waikato Te Mata Hautū Taketake Māori and Indigenous Governance Centre (MIGC) and Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka-a-Māui/Top of the South Island Māori groups in the Tasman and Golden Bays area.

We are exploring and developing innovative governance tools while enhancing the partnership and leadership relationships between Māori, the Government and industry.

Māori governance jurisdiction describes the right and responsibility of Māori to govern themselves, to make decisions for the future, and to exercise a full range of political and legal power and authority over their people, land, and resources including marine resources. There are several forms of jurisdiction that are relevant to the governance of marine resources.

Regulatory jurisdiction includes the regulation of health and safety standards, customary rights such as customary fishing and collecting of traditional medicines, and zoning and environmental hazards.

Territorial jurisdiction includes the authority to enact laws and regulations that apply solely within a specified territory and is exercisable over a specific geographical area such as the traditional rohe of a Māori whānau, hapū or iwi.

Personal jurisdiction includes the authority to pass laws in relation to particular persons due to characteristics of those persons and is exercisable over a particular people whether they are physically present in that tribe’s rohe or not.

Subject matter jurisdiction includes the authority to pass laws on specified subjects, eg customary fishing rights and customary marine title.

Latest news and updates

Award recognises contribution to marine science

University of Waikato scientist Professor Conrad Pilditch is the 2018 winner of the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Award. The Award recognises his continued and outstanding contribution to marine science in New Zealand.

Sustainable Seas features on Ocean Bounty S2 EP7

Sir Rob Fenwick,  our Chairman was interviewed about Sustainable Seas on S2 EP7 of Ocean Bounty. You can watch it here on TV 3 on demand.  (6.57 to 11.20).  

Consultation opens re 2019–2024 strategy

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 therefore invite comment on our draft strategy for Phase II (2019–2024). This strategy has been co-developed with Māori and stakeholders.