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Awhi Mai Awhi Atu: Enacting a kaitiakitanga-based approach to EBM
This project combines mātauranga Māori, western science and local kaitiakitanga to better understand the culturally and socially important species in Ōhiwa Harbour.
|Kura Paul-Burke (University of Waikato) & Richard Bulmer (NIWA)||April 2020 – June 2023||$1,073,700|
This research will bring together mātauranga Māori and western science to investigate habitat connectivity as it applies to the unique social, cultural and ecological context of Ōhiwa Harbour. Specifically, this will help better understand the degrading harbour and promote recovery of the once abundant mussel reefs and shellfish of Ōhiwa Harbour.
The key aim is to co-develop and co-produce marine research that actively positions tikanga and mātauranga Māori as a fundamental approach alongside western science for present and future generations.
The other research aims are:
- Ngā tohu o te taiao – Recognising, interpreting and responding to contemporary tohu or environmental signs, signals and indicators of the natural world
- Mahi tahi – Collaborative observation, action and reflection, look to an intergenerational past to enact the present and inform the future
- Kaitiakitanga – Active guardianship, combine learnings from localised mātauranga Māori with Western science to enact positive, proactive decision-making and management action
This project has been co-developed with hapū/iwi of Ōhiwa harbour. It is supported by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the seven partners of the co-management Ōhiwa Harbour Implementation Forum. This project has arisen from the issues, challenges, actions and aspirations of Māori and is grounded in Whanaungatanga the principle of working in meaningful, genuine collaboration to inﬂuence how mātauranga Māori and western science principles and practices are translated operationally in ways that recognise cultural values, knowledge systems and opportunities.
How it relates to the Challenge
The bringing together of different knowledge systems to improve decision-making capabilities using a kaitiakitanga-based approach to EBM actively support the Challenge objective: To enhance utilisation of our marine resources within environmental and biological constraints.
Shaun Ogilvie (Eco Research Associates Ltd)
Conrad Pilditch (University of Waikato)
Joe Burke (MUSA Environmental)
Megan Ranapia (University of Waikato)
Media coverage in September 2021 - 30 September 2021
Media coverage in July - 01 August 2021
Media coverage in April - June 2021 - 30 June 2021
Marine indigenous knowledge crucial for solving global challenges - 09 June 2021
The ripple effects of research - 13 May 2021
Media coverage in March 2021 - 31 March 2021
Media coverage in January & February 2021 - 28 February 2021
10 things you need to know about the ocean this summer - 18 December 2020
Our researchers nominated for Kudos Awards 2020 - 27 November 2020
EBM workshop for Marlborough teachers - 17 November 2020
Media coverage in September 2020 - 30 September 2020
Early signs of success at mussel ‘restoration stations’ - 14 September 2020
1,800+ schoolchildren (virtually) explored marine science for Seaweek - 09 March 2020
Welcome to our new project leaders - 18 July 2019