Tūhonohono: tikanga Māori me te Ture Pākehā ki Takutai Moana

Law book sitting on kete harakeke with a paua shell

We are investigating how mātauranga and tikanga Māori and New Zealand law can be applied in the marine estate. 

Project leader: Robert Joseph, University of Waikato

Duration: November 2016 – November 2018 
Budget: $195,000 
Status: Completed

The relationship between mātauranga and tikanga Māori, and New Zealand law, and how they apply to Aotearoa New Zealand’s marine estate is complex.  

Tūhonohono is a cohesive vision of New Zealand jurisprudence the theory and philosophy of law relating to marine estate. We are exploring how laws and institutions in Aotearoa New Zealand could evolve to reflect the best values and concepts of New Zealand’s founding peoples – Māori and European. 

We are: 

  • Assessing the compatibility of marine policy and law with the mātauranga and tikanga Māori of specific iwi, hapū and whānau within Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka-a-Māui/Top of the South Island. 
  • Investigating how mātauranga and tikanga Māori are applied in the marine environment. 
  • Exploring what the enablers and/or barriers in New Zealand marine policy and law are when applying mātauranga and tikanga Māori, and what effect this has when making decisions about increased use of marine resources. 
  • Exploring how legal and regulatory systems could be modified to enable them to work more cohesively with mātauranga and tikanga Māori, to achieve kaitiakitanga and ecosystem-based management outcomes specific to Māori. 
  • Building on international indigenous examples that have successfully applied indigenous customary law and mainstream law to marine environments. 
  • Exploring innovative marine management models that implement cohesive jurisprudence and reflect the best values and concepts of both founding peoples. 

Report

Final Report: The Treaty, tikanga Māori, EBM, mainstream law and power sharing for environmental integrity

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Media statement: Today's marine environment report from MfE and StatsNZ

Julie Hall, Director: "It is deeply concerning that the state of our marine environment has not improved in the last three years. Resilient coasts and oceans are essential to New Zealanders' health and wealth, so urgent action is needed to address the decline. There is a growing need for ecosystem-based management (EBM) to holistically manage risk and sustain Aotearoa's coasts and oceans. This is even more important given the ongoing impacts of climate change."

Job opportunity: Communications advisor

Do you have science communication skills and at least 2 years experience? Do you care about Aotearoa's oceans and how people use/value our seas? Then we've got a job for you.