Publicly available project final reports that detail research findings

Hui-te-ana-nui - Understanding kaitiakitanga in our marine environment

This report is of practical use to anyone with an interest in marine resource management, including:

  • Iwi and hapū
  • Community groups
  • Environmental NGOs
  • Central government
  • Regional councils
  • Policy makers 
  • Industry
  • Researchers 

It explains themes identified by the research and why they are important to consider in decision-making. It also indexes the reference sources of this varied mātauranga, and signposts where to go for further detail so Māori communities and resource managers (and others with an interest) can find the information they need to make an informed decision about how to better use our marine resources.

International comparative study: incorporation of indigenous approaches to guardianship and stewardship in Canada’s resource management policy framework(s)

The researchers identified 5 elements to consider for developing EBM that successfully incorporates Māori perspectives and aspirations.

  • Power dynamics – Canada’s ‘enabling’ legal framework supported transformative shifts in policy making, engagement between First Nations and government, and decision-making.
  • Jurisdiction – Any party that has jurisdiction over the location, resource and/or activities should be involved in developing EBM otherwise there is a risk of conflict and ineffective co-governance.
  • Adaptive management – ‘Learning by doing’, ie an iterative process that feeds back into future decision-making and adapts to uncertainty and/or changes in the ecosystem.
  • Agency – Ensuring indigenous people are able to participate in decision-making.
  • Recognition of indigenous knowledge – Acknowledging traditional ecological knowledge as a legitimate body of knowledge, and using it alongside Western science through shared governance and participative bottom-up planning processes and monitoring.

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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.