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Kaitiakitanga & Māori led solutions

Key Goal: Build capacity and develop strategies to facilitate Māori leadership around myrtle rust management.

We work closely with iwi and hapū in the Northland, Auckland and Taranaki regions, using kaupapa Māori (Māori methodology).

Initially, we are focusing on developing a framework to assess the cultural and environmental impacts of myrtle rust on Te Ao Māori (the Māori world) and to prioritise disease management actions.

We will then develop protocols that support Māori-led methods to boost ecosystem resilience, while advancing research synergies between western science and indigenous knowledge systems.

Towards the end of the project, we will expand international knowledge-sharing on indigenous myrtle rust responses by convening a workshop.

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