Te Kūwaha and Māori

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

We are NIWA, Taihoro Nukurangi - Te Reo
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 business.

  • Dairy

    Dairy farms produce milk and milk products that supply both the domestic and the overseas export markets.
  • Ngā Waihotanga Iho - Iwi estuarine monitoring toolkit

    Research Project
    Ngā Waihotanga Iho, the estuarine monitoring toolkit for Iwi, has been developed to provide tangata whenua with tools to measure environmental changes in their estuaries. While Ngā Waihotanga Iho is based on sound science principles, it is also underpinned by tangata whenua values.
  • Mātauranga Māori and sustainable management of New Zealand fisheries

    Research Project
    Using a collaborative case study approach, the aim of this project is to assist tangata whenua to bring together different, yet complementary knowledge systems - distinct Māori knowledge and conventional fisheries and ecosystem information.
  • Te Kūwaha tools and resources

    NIWA is constantly developing new tools and resources for use by specific stakeholders, communities, and schools.
  • Te Kūwaha services

    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.
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    Background on traditional and modern use of tau koura

    Tau koura was the favourite traditional fishing method for harvesting lake koura and involved resting bundles of bracken fern fronds on the lake bed for koura to take refuge in and then retrieving the bundles into a canoe to harvest the koura.
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    Monitoring koura

    New Zealand lakes and ponds often have large populations of koura or freshwater crayfish. These are an important traditional food source for Maori, particularly for Te Arawa and Ngati Tuwharetoa of the Central North Island.