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Huringa Āhuarangi, Huringa Oranga: Changing environment, changing wellbeing

Ki te kore te tāngata e manaaki i tōna taiao,
Ka kore te tāngata e whai oranga

If people do not take care of the environment,
We are not taking care of our own health and wellbeing

This research enables the creation of multi-functional landscapes in Aotearoa New Zealand where climate change mitigation and adaptation are synergistic and deliver a range of other ecosystem services.

The main objectives of Huringa Āhuarangi, Huringa Oranga are to support hapū and iwi in their role as kaitiaki by using both science and mātauranga Māori to adapt to a changing environment, and to assist Māori landowners in making informed decisions regarding climate change adaptation. This support is facilitated through various activities:

  1. Engaging with media to communicate the risks of climate change to Māori communities.
  2. Providing advice to hapū and iwi, and Māori landowner forums for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The projects within Huringa Āhuarangi, Huringa Oranga use te ao Māori approaches for natural resource management and climate change adaptation. The projects are centred around whānau, hapū, and iwi considerations for building resilience by using adaptive strategies in the face of climate change. 

Support and funding

This work has been supported by the Strategic Science Investment Funding for Crown Research Institutes (MBIE SSIF); Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (New Zealand's Māori Centre of Research Excellence), the Climate Change Commission, and the MBIE Endeavour project 'Whakahura: Extreme events and the emergence of climate change'.

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