Discovery Issue 36
Māori partnerships — April 2012
In this issue
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Welcome to this edition of Discovery, which we have devoted to kōrero from our work with iwi and Māori organisations.
Indigenous governanace and protected areas
Joint management of protected areas, which is often portrayed as a ‘win-win’ solution for conservation and indigenous peoples, has been used in Australia as a mechanism to return ownership of land to indigenous peoples and facilitate their involvement in governance and management of those protected areas.
Manaaki Whenua science supports the re-establishment of a customary harvest of kuia (grey-faced petrels) by Ngati Awa, Bay of Plenty
Manaaki Whenua scientists are offering new insights into the re-establishment of a traditional seabird harvest by Ngāti Awa from Moutohorā (Whale Island) that has been subject to a rāhui (self-imposed ban) since the late 1950s because of concerns over declining population numbers.
Māori land visualisation tool
Manaaki whenua is looking to further develop a tool that allows Māori land owners and managers to look at their land and access information to help them better understand the resources and potential.
Catchment stabilisation to protect coral reefs in the Pacific
A new community-based model to better protect coral reefs around pacific islands through better land management could easily be adapted to Aotearoa’s coastline, researchers say.
Kaitiaki environmental impact assessment and reporting (KEIR-A)
A new framework aims to assist kaitiaki practitioners facing growing workloads to respond to day-to-day resource management issues.
What’s in a name – identical harake varieties in the Orchiston Collection
Manaaki Whenua is kaitiaki of a collection of traditional weaving varieties of harakeke (NZ flax, Phormium spp.) donated by Rene Orchiston of Gisborne.
Building mana whenua partnerships for urban design
Māori and local authorities have made huge strides in developing and fostering positive working relationships, particularly since the passing of the Resource Management Act in 1991. However, 20 years later there still remains a high degree of frustration at the lack of Māori perspectives and knowledge in planning and policy.