Building Māori community climate change resilience
Project Kāinga is a five-year research programme interested in how marae communities can shape a future that builds community and environmental resilience in the face of climate change. We are working with seven communities to develop tikanga-based, economic and community-relevant responses to climate change. It also aims to address other cross-generational issues like food sovereignty, water quality, energy security.
Explore Project Kāinga research through the various themes as they relate to climate change.
PROJECT KĀINGA NEWS
Our news centre contains collection of updates, publications and reports. Check out some of our lates articles below and learn more about Project Kāinga.
NEW ZEALAND'S FIRST EMISSIONS REDUCTION PLAN
May, 16 2022
The Government release first Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP) for NZ containing strategies, policies and actions to contribute to global efforts to limit global temperature rise to 1.5˚C above pre-industrial levels. Chapter 2 section explores impact and navigations for Māori, Te Tiriti and principles.
PAUL TAPSELL BWB BOOK LAUNCH: KĀINGA
March 29, 2022
In late 2021, Paul Tapsell released his BWB text Kāinga: People, land and belonging. Through his own experience and the stories of his elders, Tapsell highlights the ecological costs of colonisation, and the need for complete step-change that embraces kāinga.
PROJECT KĀINGA INAUGURAL HUI: TE PAKIRA MARAE, WHAKAREWAREWA
July 16-18, 2021
On a wet July weekend we held our first Project Kainga hui of research community teams from across the motu in the Bay of Plenty.
HAU KĀINGA ENVIRO-HUI 2: WAITANGI
July 3-4, 2021
In July we returned to Tai Tokerau for the Hapū Enviro Hui, this time hosted in Waitangi. Our team called for further participation in the Oromahoe/Waitangi kāinga survey roll out, a report back to haukainga on preliminary findings, and a forum on water issues facing the community.
Project Kāinga focuses on several Māori communities throughout Aotearoa. Our team are interested in community understandings, challenges and aspirations as they relate to climate changes. Over five years the team will investigate the challenges they face, how they navigate various states of resourcelessness, future planning, vulnerability, resilience and
PROJECT KĀINGA TEAM
Merata Kawharu (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi) is an academic, researcher and writer who is currently Research Professor at the Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago, Dunedin and Takarangi Research. She has taught at Auckland and Otago universities, and published in the areas of indigenous leadership and resource management. Merata has been a consultant to the UN and UNESCO and is a member of the New Zealand Geographic Board. Her books include Whariki, with Paul Tapsell, Whenua: Managing our Resources, Tahuhu Kōrero: The Sayings of Taitokerau and Maranga Mai! Te Reo and Marae in Crisis? In 2012 she was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to Māori education.