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He whakaneke a te hapori o Te Hāpua ki tētahi ara haumaru

Relocating Te Hāpua to safety as sea levels rise The relocation of marae communities at threat from rising seas is a deeply complex issue. The Far North coastal community of Te Hāpua is vulnerable to rising sea levels. We stand to lose significant taonga, including our wāhi tapu, our whare karakia, our whare kōhanga reo... Read more »...

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Eating with my Tuupuna

Climate resilience for Waikato hauanga kai Our traditional kai plays a critical role in our cultural health and well-being. Despite immense pressure, the Waikato River and Manukau Harbour systems have long provided a source of health, economic and cultural sustenance to the people of Te Puuaha. Our research moemoea is to enhance our cultural, environmental,... Read more »...

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Moutoa Island Restoration

Tamariki and rangatahi working with elders to restore the environmental and legal rights of Moutoa Island in a changing climate Te Morehu Whenua is a rangatahi- and tamariki-led environmental group of the hapū of Rānana Marae. Moutoa Island is located at Rānana, in the middle reaches of the Whanganui River. It is considered a wāhi... Read more »...

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Kōhanga pēpi kōura

Creating pēpi kōura nurseries to protect against a changing climate This action research project supports the restoration of our taonga species, kōura (red rock lobster or crayfish), in a changing climate. Existing research on kōura is primarily focussed on commercial fisheries, which are governed and assessed by western science. In contrast, our research looks to... Read more »...

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Are the kina still fat when pōhutukawa bloom?

For generations, Ngāti Whakahemo have used the whakataukī of the flowering pōhutukawa as a tohu to tell us when the kina are ripe and ready to harvest at Motunau (Plate Island) and on its surrounding reefs. Unfortunately, kaumātua and kaitiaki have begun to observe that the way the pōhutukawa blossoms (when, for how long, and... Read more »...

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Kai ora: Restoring local Māori food systems by restoring power to marae

Alongside three marae of the Southern Kaipara this research aims to explore local food systems and food sovereignty as a means of decolonial climate action. As researchers and public health advisors our primary role is to support the return of resources and power from western institutions back to whānau and to marae.  This research aims... Read more »...

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Higher carbon prices: Impacts on farming and forestry whānau

Higher carbon prices are likely to lead to permanent carbon forests and a reduction of mahi on farms and in production forests. This will almost certainly impact whānau working in farming and forestry. This project is trying to ensure that our hāpori understands and is prepared for the risks and opportunities posed by permanent forests. Parts... Read more »...

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Hei Matapihi ki te Ao: Toi te Moana, Toi te Whenua, Toitū te Mokopuna

Intrinsic and effective climate leadership This research project will tap into three sources of mātauranga to uncover our innate climate knowledge and climate leadership. We aim to reignite the natural strengths and capability of our collective ahi kā to respond to the multiple threats Matapihi is facing as a result of climate change. Matapihi is... Read more »...

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Enhancing taonga species

Manaaki i ngā taonga i tukua mai e ngā tupuna This research aims to enhance taonga species for future generations and te taiao, given cumulative climate impacts, from increased flooding to loss of mauri. Building on research the team carried out on their whenua in two earlier Deep South Challenge projects, this project will consider climatic, ecological and hydrological variables... Read more »...

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Te Ara o Raukawa Moana

Active kaitiakitanga in response to climate change Ko Te Rauparaha te rangatira o Kāpiti me Te Moana-a-Raukawa Raukawa Moana, the Cook Strait, is of the highest cultural and spiritual significance to Ngāti Toa Rangatira. Our seafaring and waka histories and traditions enabled travel across the sea highway for raupatu, trade, seasonal customory harvesting, events and... Read more »...