• Completed project

Synthesis of Tangaroa Phase I research

This project aimed to draw together insights and learnings from our previous research to ensure the significant Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi, cultural, legal and commercial interests of Māori are emphasised and appropriately integrated into future research and tools, information and resources

Project Leader Duration Budget
Lara Taylor (Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research) March 2020 – September 2020 $70,000


This project reviewed, identified and pulled together common themes and elements from across our 2014–2019 research illustrating a wealth of mātauranga Māori made available in a range of different forms.  

The insights and learnings are relevant to enabling uniquely Māori ways of knowing and doing in our marine seascape. They will support iwi, hapū and Māori organisations and contribute to achieving the Challenge’s mission.   

The team identified oranga (well-being) as a central overarching motivation and aspiration driving the relationship of Māori to the marine environment. In Te Ao Māori terms this reflects an interdependence founded in whakapapa, that informs relationships and responsibilities. 

A set of options for taking these findings forward was provided in the form of a set of recommendations and discussion grouped under four pou: 

  • Ngā Uara – Values 
  • Ngā Whakanōhanga me ngā tikanga ā rawa – Institutions and property rights 
  • Ngā kahapupuri me ngā āheitanga – Building and strengthening capacity and capability 
  • Ngā auahatanga me to ōhanga – Innovation and economy 

The ideas and recommendations directly informed the development of our Synthesis Plan, and where possible have also been incorporated across a range of Phase II projects.

Ultimately, they will inform the co-development of information, tools and resources for target audiences from our 2019–2024 research. 

Research Team

Lara Taylor (Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research)
Jason Mika (Massey University)
Melanie Mayall-Nahi (Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara)
Suliasi Vunibola (Massey University)

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This is a national project.