• Completed project

Whai Rawa, Whai Mana, Whai Oranga: Creating a world-leading indigenous blue economy

This research built a foundation for a world-leading indigenous blue economy in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Project Leader Duration Budget
Jason Mika (Massey University) & John Reid (University of Canterbury) February 2018 – June 2019 $500,000

Overview

Māori businesses are on track to be the largest commercial interest in Aotearoa New Zealand fisheries. Māori also have growing customary property rights and governing authority in the management of marine areas. We explored regulatory and policy tools to embed mātauranga Māori in sustainable commercial and customary fishing activities.

In this project, we examined existing models and frameworks of mātauranga Māori used in the management of the marine ecosystem and economy. We analysed hapū and iwi approaches to integrated management and identified the structures and operating principles of Māori marine organisations.

Our research aims were to:

  • Identify policy and regulatory tools that foster marine ecosystem and economic management, and reflect Māori knowledge systems, values frameworks and operating principles
  • Develop kaitiaki business models that embed Māori commercial activity within sustainable ecosystem processes
  • Integrate kaitiaki business models with frameworks for the development of sustainability tracing and authentication systems that will capture premium for Māori marine products  
  • Support the commercialisation, extension or adoption of Māori marine management ideas, processes, and products that support economic and ecological development for marine resources and communities.

 

What is a ‘blue economy’, and how can Aotearoa get one? Jason Mika discusses how can we best develop our marine economy, while protecting the taonga of our marine environment.

What is a ‘blue economy’, and how can Aotearoa get one? In this video, Jason Mika discusses how can we best develop our marine economy, while protecting the taonga of our marine environment.

 

Location

This is a national project.