The Māori Marine Economy: Ka Mua Ka Muri

tourists on a whale watch boat in Kaikoura

We are working to create a foundation for a world-leading indigenous blue economy in New Zealand.         

Project Leader:  Dr Jason Mika, Massey University                                                

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.

Our aims are to:

  • Identify policy and regulatory tools that foster marine ecosystem and economic management, and also reflect Māori knowledge systems, values frameworks and operating principles
  • Develop kaitiaki business models that embed Māori commercial activity within sustainable ecosystem processes
  • Integrate kaitiaki business models with frameworks for the development of sustainability tracing and authentication systems that will capture premiums for Māori marine products
  • Support the commercialisation, extension or adoption of Māori marine management ideas, processes, and products that support economic and ecological development for marine resources and communities.

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.