Te Kūwaha - Māori Environmental Research

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

Te Kūwaha - Māori Environmental Research

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

Māori worldviews are based on centuries of observation and anticipation of their physical and social environment and can be used to inform a wide variety of environmental research.

Meet the team

Te Kūwaha is partnering with whānau, hapū and iwi across Aotearoa to undertake the fundamental research required by Māori to inform their unique responsibilities as kaitiaki.

Cultural Keystone Species 2020

A four-year research programme focused on the co-management and restoration of our freshwater taonga species wraps up this year.

Building pathways

It has been a whirlwind first six months for Ngāpera Keegan and Tekiteora Rolleston-Gabel, the first two young researchers in NIWA’s newly established Māori Graduate Internship Programme.

Taonga species show vulnerability to climate change

A new study has identified seven freshwater species native to Aotearoa-New Zealand that will likely be highly or very highly vulnerable to climate change.

Taonga Species Series

NIWA, through the MBIE-funded Cultural Keystone Species programme (2016-2020), have developed a series of iwi engagement booklets sharing science knowledge to support species management strategy.

Bringing together Maori and western knowledge systems

Māori worldviews are based on centuries of observation and anticipation of their physical and social environment and can be used to inform a wide variety of environmental research.