Mātauranga Māori and western science
Mātauranga Māori and western science each have their own roles to play within our work. Likened to a braided river with many pathways. When they cross we have the opportunity to explore the knowledge systems together.
We apply what we know and learn to:
- environmental reporting
- developing legislation, regulations and policy.
The proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity
Hutia te rito o te harakeke.
Kei hea te kōmako, e kō?
Kī mai ki ahau
He aha te mea nui o te ao?
Māku e kī atu
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
When the centre of the flax bush is picked
Where will the bellbird sing?
You ask me what is the greatest thing in the world?
My reply is
It is people, it is people, it is people
Hutia te Rito is the concept that underpins the proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity.
- intrinsic connection of people to the environment
- connection between the heath of te taiao and the heath of people.
To apply this policy decision makers are asked to recognise:
- te hauora o te tangata (the health of the people)
- te hauora o te koiora (the health of indigenous biodiversity)
- te hauora o te taonga (the health of the species and ecosystems)
- te hauora o te taiao (the health of the wider environment).
Hutia te Rito also reflects Te Tiriti o Waitangi by providing greater involvement for Māori.
National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 and Te Mana o te Wai
Te Mana o te Wai was developed as an update to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.
Te Mana o te Wai (the mana of water) is the integrated and holistic well-being of the water.
Some of the changes to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management
- Te Mana o te Wai is considered and recognised in freshwater management.
- Regional councils and communities, including tangata whenua, should work together.
- Decisions about freshwater management should be made with the health and well-being of water at the forefront.
- Recognise interactions ki uta ki tai (from the mountains to the sea) between land use and water throughout a catchment.
- Clearer explanation of what a healthier water body means for human health.