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Synthesis of Tangaroa Phase I research

Drawing 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 current research and future tools, information and resources.

Project Leader Duration Budget
Lara Taylor (Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research) March 2020 – September 2020 (Stage 1) $70,000 (Stage 1)


This project is drawing together common themes and elements from across our previous research. The insights and learnings will be specifically relevant to enabling uniquely Māori ways of knowing and doing to contribute to the Challenge’s objective.

The team has 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 obligations.

Other thematic elements are being explored with key end-users from whānau, hapū, iwi, Māori entities, Māori commercial operators and government agencies (local and central) and past project leaders. These themes, or pou, are:

  • Kaitiakitanga
  • Capability and capacity
  • Innovation and economy
  • Engagement
  • Values
  • Rights and interests

The themes/pou will inform the co-development of information, tools and resources for target audiences. These outputs are likely to include policy briefs, guidance material, publications, presentations, and video clips.

Research Team

Jason Mika (Massey University)
Melanie Mayall-Nahi (Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara)
Suliasi Vunibola (Massey University)


This is a national project.