About Ngā Toki Taiao

Embedding Maori knowledge in all environmental systems thinking

Useful Links:

www.csafe.org.nz/

 

 

 

 

University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability (CSAFE).
www.csafe.org.nz

 

 

 

 

Cawthron Institute – Research Based Solutions.
www.cawthron.org.nz

 

 

 

 

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
www.mbie.govt.nz

 

 

 

 

Nga Aho – Maori Design Professionals Inc. Soc.
www.ngaaho.maori.nz

 

 

 

 

Te Aranga – Cultural Landscapes Strategy
www.tearanga.maori.nz

Ngā Toki Taiao means "tools for the environment". This website offers a “toolbox” of techniques and approaches which can help ensure Māori knowledge and values are incorporated into RMA decision-making, as well as in many other situations where decisions need to be made involving people and the environment.

Ngā Toki Taiao Background:

Māori knowledge, practices and values can make a huge contribution to sustainable development.  Since the introduction of the Resource Management Act (RMA) in 1991, Māori have increasingly become involved in RMA processes.  Over time, tools and techniques have been developed to help incorporate Māori knowledge and values into RMA decision-making, and a number of these have been developed by Māori.

The website has two main purposes. The first is to provide a place for iwi, hapū, whānau, Māori resource management practitioners and others, to share their stories and (if they wish) the tools and techniques they have developed that are based on Māori knowledge and values.  The website outlines a number of these Māori-developed tools, and examples where tangata whenua have achieved successful outcomes through applying these tools.

The second purpose is to assist councils, developers and others to develop strong and positive relationships with iwi and hapū, and to incorporate Māori knowledge and values into environmental decision-making. We hope that Ngā Toki Taiao will create a platform of mutual understanding between iwi/hapū and those unfamiliar with Māori concepts, and provide tools to support an honest and genuine approach to resolving issues together.

This website was developed through a collaborative research partnership between the Cawthron Institute, and the University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability (CSAFE).  The research project was called “Maori knowledge and the RMA” and was funded by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (now the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment).

 

Key idea: We hope that Nga Toki Taiao will create a platform of mutual understanding between iwi/hapū and those unfamiliar with Māori concepts, and provide tools to support a genuine approach to resolving issues together.
 

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