WAI ORA FUND

2016-2017 Projects

Organisation: Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki Trust
Title of Project: Assessing the Mauri of Waipaoa River using the Mauri Compass

The project aims to utilise and revitalise mātauranga, through the implementation of the Mauri Compass to survey and assess the Waipaoa River and compare the data with the 2006 baseline eel population data.  The Mauri Compass is an innovative environmental tool designed by Te Rūnanga o Tūranganui ā Kiwa and the Gisborne District Council to start conversations about mauri and restoring waterbodies.  Defining, measuring, and restoring “mauri” or “life force” in relation to waterways is something the entire country is grappling with.  The Compass’ cultural framework works to promote, protect and enhance the mauri over the waterways within the Tūranganui a Kiwa rohe and ensure the recognition of the mana of the iwi and hapū of the Tūranganui a Kiwa rohe.