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Milford Opportunities Project - Manawhenua Aspirations and Values Report

  • The report compiled the aspirations and values of manawhenua for Milford Sound Piopiotahi and provided a Ngāi Tahu context and criteria in which to evaluate options for the proposed 50 year Master Plan. This direction informs the consultant team in the selection and development of options, and governors in their decision making. 
  • Client: Milford Opportunities Project.
  • Project Leads: Stantec and Boffa Miskell
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National workshops on Te Mana o te Wai and the NPS-FM

  • The development of a four-hour workshop for tangata whenua and local authorities across Aotearoa to build depth and confidence in Te Mana o te Wai (as a modern policy).  Through wānanga and group activities, participants are encouraged and supported to navigate their own paths towards their local articulation of Te Mana o te Wai based on the tikanga of the area and the visions of its people.   
  • Client: Ministry for the Environment. 
  • Created in collaboration with Kitson Consulting.    

Predator Free 2050 in the Ngāi Tahu Takiwā: Progressing towards success

  • A report outlining what a successful approach for Predator Free 2050 in the Ngai Tahu takiwā would look like.  The report used Ngāi Tahu principles to identify gaps and opportunities for alignment, and drew on the mātauranga of Ngāi Tahu experts. The work included analysis of regional pest management plans, Ngāi Tahu environmental strategies and plans, and feedback from interviews with Ngāi Tahu knowledge holders. 
  • Client: Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
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  • Developed integrated mātauranga Māori and science knowledge systems together with data management and visualisation tools that will improve collaborative freshwater management in New Zealand. The Murihiku case study created a modern management framework that enables kaitiaki to assess the state of water for cultural uses. Included assembly of historic and cultural heritage research with tangata whenua as well as policy linkages from the outputs of the scientific research.   
  • Client: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
  • Project Lead: NIWA
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Āpiti Hono Tātai Hono - Landscapes of Ngāi Tahu ki Murihiku

  • Āpiti Hono Tātai Hono is the methodology developed for Stage 1 of the Southland Cultural Landscape Study. It enables Ngāi Tahu ki Murihiku to identify, assess and articulate their cultural landscapes. 
  • Principally different to the more common cultural landscape approaches driven by district plans, Āpiti Hono Tātai Hono is based on Ira Atua Ira Tangata and considers whakapapa, mana, kawa, tikanga, mātauranga, identity, practices, history, and future aspirations. The methodology borrows from Te Ao Ngāi Tahu, landscape and heritage practices.
  • Client: Te Ao Marama Inc with support from the Southland local 
    and regional councils.


"We trust that Kauati will place iwi values, mātauranga Māori and the perspective of our people into the work."

Dean Whaanga, Te Ao Marama Inc (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu)