Te Kūwaha - Māori Environmental Research

Sharing knowledge with Māori communities and empowering Māori business with the latest science.

Te Kūwaha - Māori Environmental Research

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Sharing knowledge with Māori communities and empowering Māori business with the latest science.

Taihoro Nukurangi NIWA – Aotearoa’s leading provider of atmospheric, freshwater and marine research

Ka pūwaha te tai nei, hoea tahi tātou!

Piki mai kake mai rā ki te toi o Tāwhirimātea, o Taihoro Nukurangi e -
Toro atu ki te rangi e tū ake nei, rere kau iho ki ngā kōngutuawa,
Puta atu ki te moana o Tangaroa- whakamau-tai

Mai i te moana, ki te rangi
Ko Taihoro Nukurangi e, ko Taihoro Nukurangi e - tau ana

Taihoro Nukurangi literally means where the waters meet the sky. Our Māori name aims to describe all the work NIWA does: studying the waterways and everything in between Papatuānuku and Ranginui (the earth and sky). Our research in weather and climate, coastal and marine science, aquaculture, freshwater and estuarine science, fisheries, environmental data monitoring and management, supports the sustainable management of New Zealand’s natural resources and environments.

Te Kūwaha, NIWA’s National Centre for Māori Environmental Research is a dedicated Māori research team, with a vision to work in partnership with others to enable complementary knowledge systems to support kaitiakitanga and provide environmental research excellence that enhances the social, environmental and economic aspirations of whānau, hapū and iwi, Māori communities and Māori businesses.

Te Kūwaha, NIWA's National Centre of Māori Environmental Research, assists Māori communities throughout New Zealand by providing the latest scientific knowledge, tools and resources to assist in their management of natural resources.

Weaving whakapapa with science

NIWA researchers and two upper South Island iwi – Ngāti Koata and Ngāti Kuia - are weaving whakapapa and science together to trace tsunami through history. 

The research focuses on Rangitoto/D’Urville Island in the Marlborough Sounds and stems from comparing and combining written ethnographical records with active oral histories. 

This partnership has come together to deepen knowledge of past tsunami events in the Cook Strait region and to help the iwi, and the wider community, build a clearer picture of future risk. 

The collaborative research project was sparked by one particular story. 

Kaitiaki Tools

Kaitiaki Tools is a store of knowledge for people who manage natural resources.

Tuna Information Resource

Tuna, or freshwater eels, are the most widespread freshwater fish in New Zealand. This 'living' educational resource summarises a large amount of scientific and technical literature.

Erica Williams - Where the water is clean

Erica Williams' story starts with the website of Moerewa School, where pupil Tyra-Lee explains her connection to a very special place in her small Far North town.

Hapū joins forces with NIWA in tuna research

Local hapū and NIWA are working together to find out more about juvenile freshwater eels or tuna in streams connecting to the Wairua River in the Wairoa catchment in Northland.

Partnering in research grows Māori economy

NIWA is working alongside Māori to develop gateways to science and technology partnerships that are helping grow the Māori economy.