Te Riu o te Waiapu
Whanau and their marae communities within the wider Waiapu Valley are working with our research team to explore climate-smart enterprise options. The goal of our mahi is to identify and create a locally-based enterprise opportunity that is based on and driven by whanau and hapū knowledge and values. Our community-based researcher Manu Papunui-Iles (Te Riu o te Waiapu), will explore climate-smart enterprise options alongside whanau and the community-based partner organisation, Hikurangi Enterprises. Together our project will take a seed of an idea and develop it into a fledgling community-driven enterprise. Principles and enterprise options that enable mana motuhake and aroha in the community are key goals in our case study.