Maniapoto Cultural Assessment Framework

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board and NIWA worked collaboratively during 2018-19 to support Ngāti Maniapoto whānau[1] to reconnect with and participate in the assessment of their freshwater according to their values.

Funded by Maniapoto Māori Trust Board, NIWA and the Waikato River Authority the research team worked alongside Maniapoto whānau to develop a Cultural Assessment Framework (CAF) to assess the state of their freshwater in a way that reflects their unique values.

The framework developed derives from Ngāti Maniapoto values, incorporating a Ngāti Maniapoto way of assessing state, as well as assessment tools and approaches that are based on mātauranga Māori, community and scientific knowledge.

Three values were chosen by whānau and the research team to focus on in the first phase - tuna, swimming and drinking-water.

 The CAF also contains an additional five values identified as important to whānau. These included kōura, sites of significance, birds, watercress, and culturally and ecologically important plants (e.g., rongoā and riparian). The development of these values is ongoing.

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Timeline of activities leading to the development of the Maniapoto Freshwater CAF and some of the planned work for the next two years.

[1] In this context the term whānau is used broadly to refer to those who whakapapa to Ngāti Maniapoto me ōnā hapū maha(and the many associated groups), and more specifically in this report, it is used to represent hapū members involved in the development, testing and refinement of the CAF framework.

Funded by Waikato River Authority, Maniapoto Māori Trust Board and NIWA.

NIWA Contacts

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Environmental Scientist
External people involved: 
Waikato River Authority
Maniapoto Māori Trust Board
Page last updated: 
24 August 2020