Te Kūwaha services

Te Kūwaha, NIWA's Māori Environmental Research Group, assists Māori communities throughout New Zealand by providing the latest scientific knowledge, tools and resources to assist in their management of natural resources.

Te Kūwaha undertake research and provide consultancy services across a number of core science areas including Aquaculture, Freshwater, Marine, Natural Hazards, Climate, and Energy.

The key objectives of Te Kūwaha are:

  • to provide environmental research of benefit to Māori through the formation of robust and meaningful partnerships with iwi, hapū and Māori organisations
  • to work collaboratively with Māori, other research providers, central and local government agencies, to identify and respond to Māori research priorities
  • to develop a distinctive body of knowledge at the interface between indigenous knowledge and research, science and technology
  • to grow NIWA's Māori research capacity and increase awareness within NIWA of Tikanga and Te Reo Māori.

Te Kūwaha is committed to the development of effective long term relationships with Māori that have environmental and commercial needs. We have signed memoranda of understanding with both iwi and Māori organisations and recognise the iwi role in manawhenua, manamoana and kaitiakitanga. We pay careful attention to Māori aspirations and needs in relation to kawa atua and tikanga tangata. Te Kūwaha can also assist you with research projects or provide consultancy services, for example:

  • Collaborative research based around our core business.
  • Resource Management Act issues within a Māori context.
  • Research facilitation.
  • Understanding fundamental Māori values of kawa and tikanga in relation to western science.
  • Treaty of Waitangi issues concerning Māori.
  • Marine and land based aquaculture systems.
  • Restoration of mahinga kai areas.
  • Taonga species research (e.g., kōura, pāua, tuna, piharau/kanakana, īnanga, moki).