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Mahia Whangawehi Preservation Society Inc

I am President of the environmental society whose objective is to assist Rongomaiwahine as kaitiaki (protectors) of our natural environment and wahi tapu (sacred sites). Our Māori nation is also engaged in various research some of which involve oral history, ancient document preservation, promotion and preservation of reo and environmental data collection.

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Marae food gardens: Health and wellbeing through urban marae in Tāmaki Makaurau

Efforts to reduce health inequalities for indigenous peoples need to tackle a broad range of issues and work at many different levels. Health promotion interventions must be designed to address these issues and empower indigenous people to take control of their own lives in pursuit of health and wellbeing. Targeted interventions like community food gardens are an example of a health promotion intervention that can have wide-ranging benefits for physical, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing.

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Marsden (RSNZ) "Bad nature": The social dimensions of invasive species in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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This research explores the social history, cultural values and socially dynamic nature of invasive species in Aoraki NZ. The research will explore how key local communities and groups (e.g. Māori runaka or whanau members, hunters, landowners, anglers, tourists) assign values to invasive species and what those values are. Furthermore the project explores the beliefs associated with invasive species held by under-represented groups in existing research (specifically Māori, Pasifika, recent migrants, youth).

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Marsden Fast-Start: Exploring Maori Social Justice Concepts

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Mātauranga Māori of naturally occurring toxins in native plants: Potential for Possum Control

Māori have voiced a range of concerns regarding the aerial application of 1080 bait and expressed the view that alternatives to 1080 are needed. One idea is that there may be toxins already present in plants in New Zealand's ecosystems that could perform well as alternative pest control tools.

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Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust

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Since 2018 I have participated as a Mana Whenua Trustee on the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust. Where I represent Paaraawera Marae.

Working with both Iwi and Mana Whenua, and the wider Waipaa Community. To enhance the Mauri and the Mana of Maungatautari for everyone.

Being part of a strategic leadership and development team/board consisting of: 

  • Corporate,
  • Mana Whena,
  • Iwi,
  • Community, and;
  • Landowners.

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