Integrated Catchment Management

Maori and ICM

 Research Status: Ongoing
AGM 2005 - visit to Te Awhina marae

AGM 2005 - visit to Te Awhina marae


Maori (indigenous groups) are an essential part of Integrated Catchment Management (ICM) in New Zealand. The ICM project is working closely with local Maori (tangata whenua) and associated groups, to learn how to make biophysical research more responsive to Maori needs, and for researchers to better understand Maori values and issues. We are developing an environment for social and cultural learning, collaborative research, and partnerships. Our ultimate goal is to improve decision making for the sustainable management of natural resources in catchments.

Research Approach

Work with iwi and hapu groups to identify specific tangata whenua (local Maori) issues in the Motueka catchment and other regional tribal areas, develop an understanding of Maori Values, Maori History, and establish a network and learning group for effective use of science information from the ICM programme, and identify opportunities for collaborative research. Current links to related local websites include those developed by Wakatu Incorporation and Ngati Rarua Te Atiawa Iwi Trust (NRAIT).

We will "continue to build iwi/hapu/whanau relationships, determine research questions and information needs, identify methods to maximise social and cultural learning between groups and understanding of cultural processes and interactions between groups, and identify and evaluate effective models to increase iwi/hapu/whanau participation in science and research, and resource management planning and policy".

The methods will be used to contribute to an outcome of "sustainable management of land and water resources which incorporates Maori concerns and issues, identifies Maori research priorities and information needs, and increases iwi/hapu/whanau participation with council, stakeholder, community, and research groups". Hui, personal discussions, field visits, and interaction between iwi/hapu and project researchers will be required to maintain and enhance relationships. Documenting information on Maori history and Maori values of the Motueka catchment will continue to provide a basis for understanding spatial and temporal environmental and cultural change, identify iwi/hapu issues, and provide Maori knowledge that can contribute to future integrated and complementary knowledge systems. The following tasks are anticipated:

Research Results

The establishment and maintenance of an on-going relationship with the "people of the land" is extremely important. To understand the nature of the significance Tangata Whenua play in resource management it is important to start with some historical and traditional understanding of the region. This provides a platform for the present day and the future. See More details or follow the links below.

Several collaborative projects with iwi and hapu, including reports and papers, have been developed as part of our ICM work with iwi.

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Barney Thomas at Puketawai - AGM 2005 Mick Park at Puketawai - AGM 2005

Barney Thomas at Puketawai - AGM 2005

Mick Park at Puketawai - AGM 2005

Recent Publications

Year Title File Size
2012 A Summary of Outcomes and selected formal publications from the Integrated Catchment Management (ICM)research programme:2000 – 2011
pdf       1.08MB
2011 Integrated Catchment Management – Special Issue of the NZ Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research  
2009 Watershed Talk – the cultivation of ideas and action pdf       469KB
2009 The Use of an Agent–Based Model to Represent Māori cultural Values pdf       365KB
2009 Linkages between cultural and scientific indicators of river and stream health pdf       584KB
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Recent Presentations

Year Title File Size
2010 Cultural River Health: How can we reconcile Maori and Pakeha values for improved water quality? pdf       1313KB
2010 Respecting Maori world views: How to engage with iwi/hapu groups, support the inclusion of different world views in plans and activities pdf       1590KB
2006 Participation of indigenous groups in sustainable development monitoring: rationale and examples from New Zealand pdf       152KB
2005 Participation of indigenous groups in sustainable development monitoring: rationale and examples from New Zealand pdf       152KB
2005 Integrated Catchment Management: The value of building partnerships with indigenous groups. pdf       1432KB
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BMPs, BEPs and Guidelines

Title Description
Heritage Management Guidelines for Resource Management Practitioners From Guide:
Guidelines on sustainable management of historic heritage to promote understanding...More »  
Effective Participation in Resource Consent Processes: A guide for Tangata Whenua
From website:
This guide aims to help tangata whenua to participate effectively in resource co...More »  
Good Practice Guidelines for Working with Tangata Whenua and Māori Organisations: Consolidating our learning These good practice guidelines are based on just over a decade of learning by central and local gove...More »  
Kawe Korero: Guidelines for communicating with Maori From guide:
These Guidelines for Communicating with Mäori have been developed to assist staff ...More »  
Kaitiakitanga and Local Government: Tangata Whenua participation in environmental management A practical guide for incorporating the values of tangata Whenua into the decision making process co...More »  
Talking Constructively: A practical guide for building agreements between iwi, hapu and whanau, and loca authorities From website:
This guide is designed to be a practical summary to help iwi, hapu and whanau an...More »  
Assessment of Environmental Effects. Chapter 11: Consultation Approaches From website:
THe consulative programme was developed to canvas particular matters of interest...More »  
Maori and the Resource Management Act Edited from guide:
A guide on incorporating Maori involvement in the management of natural and...More »  
Guidelines for Consulting with Tangata Whenua under the RMA: An Update on Case Law From website:
This publication provides guidance on how to undertake consultation with tangata...More »  
Kaimoana Survey Guidelines for Hapu and Iwi From MfE website.
These guidelines provide hapu and iwi with information and a suggested proce...More »  
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Primary Contacts:

Image - Garth Harmsworth Garth Harmsworth  EmailSend email to harmsworthg
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Landcare Research
environmental planning, Maori research, Maori issues, land resource assessment, GIS applications.
Image - Mick Park Mick Park  EmailSend email to rmmotueka
iwi projects; harakeke; fungi for remediation
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Page last updated Friday, 26 March 2010

Related areas

Identifying Maori needs Stakeholder issues Tangata Whenua

Related Website(S)

Kaipara Harbour Integrated Management Group Kaitiaki Maori news online