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Te Wai Māori established the Wai Ora Fund in 2012, and the Tiaki Wai Fund in 2019. Over the years, the funds have collectively distributed over $2M to 60 iwi and hapū led projects

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The Mangeroa Gully Restoration – Te Ani Waata Whānau Trust

About the project The Mangeroa Gully Restoration is a bold 30-year plan to create the first green corridor from Maungatautari Sanctuary Mountain to the Waikato River. The strategy gives Ngāti Koroki Kahukura whānau and the local community opportunities to restore the Mangeroa Gully and participate in activities to create a thriving ecosystem for our wildlife, hapū, iwi, and local communities. Honehau Dargaville (age 9) reconnecting to the whenua at the first wānanga The project team is made up of three boisterous gals forever changing the landscape of home, one plant at a time! This transformation has our people at the centre and a key outcome of the project is reconnecting whānau to the whenua. The project has a strong research component that involves collating kōrero and historical texts on the significance of the gully [...]

August 18th, 2022|Funded Projects, Wai Ora Fund|

Taonga Wai Māori Mapping Project – Environs Te Uri o Hau

About the project Mahi with Patuharakeke at Pukekauri. Te Uri o Hau Kaitiaki Bill Paikea (standing) for Otamatea Marae, identifying taonga species (tuna) Environs Holdings Ltd the environmental subsidiary of the Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust were awarded funding through the Trust’s Tiaki Wai fund. The project will draw on mātauranga and see the distribution of taonga freshwater species within the Te Uri o Hau rohe collated and mapped. A gap analysis was undertaken highlighting areas (awa and tributaries) within the rohe where more inquiry is required through species distribution surveys. The project will also help to inform how Te Mana o te Wai will be implemented within the rohe. Progress to date Data from various sources relating to past and current taonga freshwater species distributions within the Te Uri o Hau rohe [...]

August 15th, 2022|Funded Projects, Tiaki Wai Fund|

Kaituna Pātaka Kai Project – Te Maru o Kaituna

The Kaituna Pātaka Kai Project is a collaboration led by tāngata whenua representatives of Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority. It is a way to preserve and revitalise mātauranga, tikanga and kawa per-taining to freshwater taonga, in particular tuna, īnanga, kōura, kōaro, and kākahi. Terekaunuku Dean Flavell, Chair of Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority Te Wai Māori is funding a pilot study to enable hapū and iwi to co-develop and test a freshwater fisheries monitoring plan. It would be guided by koeke and pūkenga interviews, waiata, hītori (i.e. where kaiawa used to be) and mātauranga-based monitoring methodologies (i.e. where kaiawa are now). This would guide habitat restoration planning and establish a framework for future years. Progress to date Formation of a project team; development of a project plan and interview questions and protocols. [...]

April 18th, 2022|Funded Projects, Wai Ora Fund|
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