Treaty-based marine governance & EBM
This booklet and accompanying poster (May 2022) summarise key concepts and/or information from the 2020 report 'Stemming the colonial environmental tide: shared Māori governance jurisdiction and ecosystem-based management over the marine and coastal seascape in Aotearoa New Zealand – possible ways forward'
The content included in these summaries remains under the guardianship of the original knowledge sources.
The summary booklet
This 16-page summary booklet outlines the grim environmental state of our marine estate, and a proposed globalised solution of ecosystem-based management (EBM) adapted to an Aotearoa New Zealand context the 7 principles for EBM in Aotearoa developed by Sustainable Seas.
It then elaborates briefly on each principle from Te Ao Māori (Māori worldview), mātauranga (philosophy) and tikanga Māori (law) perspectives to provide insights for exploring the report – Stemming the Colonial Environmental Tide - more deeply.
This A3 double-sided poster draws key concepts from the Stemming the colonial environmental tide report to demonstrate how Aotearoa New Zealand’s legal and environmental context could support holistic, ecosystem-based management (EBM) for our marine environments.
Stemming the colonial environmental tide focuses on analysing ecosystem-based management (EBM) through the incorporation of mātauranga and tikanga Māori and shared concurrent governance jurisdiction through Treaty of Waitangi partnerships over the marine and coastal seascape.
The report articulates in detail the alarming environmental challenges that are currently undermining the health and well-being of our marine estate, and explores ecosystem-based management (EBM) with Māori as co-governing Treaty partners as a viable solution going forward.
The report analyses the legal enablers, opportunities and challenges at this law interface that enables shared Māori co-governance and concurrent jurisdiction over the marine and coastal area, and proposes that we embrace the EBM approach in an Aotearoa New Zealand context. This could place us in a powerful position as a global leader.
Mātauranga and tikanga Māori environmental perspectives deserve to be fully integrated, not treated as an afterthought or as matters placed in opposition to (or as grudging concessions to) a dominant mainstream New Zealand Western paradigm. To treat them as a separate theme would deny their potential for effective synergies. Mātauranga and tikanga Māori led shared environmental governance is what is distinct about effective environmental governance, and potentially effective EBM, in an Aotearoa New Zealand context.
To find out more, download the report Stemming the colonial environmental tide: shared Māori governance jurisdiction and ecosystem-based management over the marine and coastal seascape in Aotearoa New Zealand – possible ways forward. Joseph R, Rakena M, Te Kuini Jones M, Takuira J, Te Tai M and Rakena C. Te Mata Hautū Taketake – the Māori and Indigenous Governance Centre, University of Waikato, 30 November 2018.