Maui.Tech: Iwi/Māori case studies

About this project

Maui.Tech is a multimedia project capturing rohe based climate change insights from across the motu. Maui.Tech aims to begin to showcase te ao Māori views on climate change, sharing examples of applied mātauranga Māori, technology and innovation for mitigation and adaptation.

The Climate Change Response Act 2002 specifies that we must give consideration to the Crown-Māori relationship, te ao Māori, and specific effects on iwi/Māori. To support this, between 2021 and 2023, the Commission worked with iwi/Māori across multiple rohe on a case study approach to understanding the specific effects of climate change from an iwi/Māori-led perspective.  

The 13 case studies feature evidence and insights from whānau, hapū, iwi, ahuwhenua trusts, and other Māori-collectives from different tribal rohe and with different asset and resource profiles including agriculture, forestry, geothermal, and coastal. We took this approach to ensure the diversity of evidence shared with us is reflective of the diversity of te ao Māori. 

These case studies are building our understanding of how iwi/Māori are experiencing the effects of climate change. They enable iwi/Māori to tell their own stories in their own way about what matters to them in the transition to a low emissions future. The rohe who shared their experience and insights to climate change are Te Taitokerau, Te Tai Hauāuru, Te Tairāwhiti, Te Tau Ihu and Waiariki / Te Arawa Waka. The case studies detail the climate change risks specific to each rohe, and a video capturing local knowledge and experience. 

The case studies, and the enduring relationships developing between participants and the Commission, continue to provide us with a body of localised mātauranga Māori and expert evidence we can refer to as we develop and refine our advice. This knowledge is part of the body of evidence we have used to test and finalise our advice on the direction of policy for the second emissions reduction plan.