A new biodiversity framework invites communities, mana whenua and agencies to come together in their work for te taiao, under a common vision.
Launched by Mauri Tūhono ki Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui, ‘Kaipuripuri taonga ki te ao whānui’ aims to inspire communities and agencies to answer the karanga (call) from te taiao.
Mauri Tūhono ki te Upoko o te Ika a Māui (known as Mauri Tūhono) is an independent working group made up of partners from mana whenua, the Department of Conservation and Greater Wellington Regional Council, as well as community members.
Mauri Tūhono co-chair Rawiri Smith says ‘Kaipuripuri taonga ki te ao whānui’ offers a holistic approach to valuing te taiao by weaving a range of perspectives.
“This is for everyone, everywhere. Through people reconnecting with te taiao, we revitalise the mauri – together our contributions lead us towards te taiao flourishing,” Mr Smith says.
“We see Mauri Tūhono as a regional movement for everyone across the Wellington region and it will guide us in shaping a sustainable future that honours and protects our shared natural heritage.”
‘Kaipuripuri taonga ki te ao whānui’ aligns with the current direction of Greater Wellington’s strategies and frameworks and will integrate into existing work programmes.
The regional council’s approach to environmental work will increasingly be informed by mātauranga ā-iwi as well as other knowledge systems.
Councillor Hikitia Ropata emphasises the importance of a regional commitment to the development of ‘Kaipuripuri taonga ki te ao whānui’.
“This framework is developed with a deep understanding of our region’s unique needs and strengths. Greater Wellington is proud to work with our partners to implement this framework for the benefit of our community and te taiao,” Cr Ropata says.
Sharlene Maoate-Davis, Mauri Tūhono co-chair says ‘Kaipuripuri taonga ki te ao whānui’ is a testament to the power of collaboration.
“Iwi, hapū and whānau are holders of indigenous knowledge that can help to transform how everyone cares for te taiao. Our community and agencies have told us they are keen to understand how they can better work alongside mana whenua to make the necessary changes,” Ms Maoate-Davis says.
“By entwining our efforts within our communities, we unlock the true potential to reinvigorate our natural environment and can work towards sustaining and restoring the mauri of the whenua, in the wai, and throughout te taiao for future generations.”
About 200 people, including iwi leaders, MPs and local councillors attended the launch event at Te Papa on 28 November 2023.
For more information, visit: https://www.maurituhono.org.nz/