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Being Manuhiri

A resource for environment and recreation groups
Several favourite walking, tramping, cycling, kayaking, and boating spots in Aotearoa NZ are now co-managed by Māori organisations and government agencies. These co-governance and co-management arrangements have been put in place through either Te Tiriti o Waitangi settlements, RMA relationship agreements, or special legislation.

This means recreation and environment groups are getting more familiar with hapū and iwi aspirations for these places; are seeing changes in landscapes and management practices; and are learning more about the histories of these places. Collaborative management of these places creates new opportunities for recreation and environment groups to be involved in the care of the places they visit. 

More opportunities are also arising to foster appropriate relationships with tangata whenua.  Both Māori and non-Māori are reflecting on what it means to be responsible manuhiri (guests and visitors) and how to best prepare to arrive with care and respect for these cherished places and their people.

The resources below have been developed through research with Māori and non-Māori and are provided to support environment and recreation groups as they discuss and develop their understandings and practices for being responsible manuhiri.

Locations where groups are learning to be manuhiri

Discussion guide for environment and recreation groups

This guide provides ideas to help strengthen relationships with the places you tramp.

Discussion guide

Discussion guide for environment and recreation groups

Discussion guide for environment and recreation groups

Attributes required for engaging with Māori:

  • an empathy towards Māori culture and strong desire to work with Māori;
  • respect and trust by the Māori community or iwi group;
  • an ability to listen and communicate effectively with iwi or hapū members;
  • some understanding of te reo and tikanga;
  • an ability to understand Māori concepts;
  • an ability to understand Māori issues, and to be able to communicate them;
  • an ability to formulate research questions from a mainstream scientific and from a Māori perspective;
  • excellent communication skills;
  • high competence in your field of expertise and respect from your peers;
  • an ability to communicate your work to audiences in a non-technical way.

Attributes for engagine with Māori

Principles for collaborating with Māori

This resource incorporates guidelines and a checklist to be used when planning collaboration with Māori.

Principles & guidelines


Diagram: 10 principles of Māori collaboration

Diagram: 10 principles of Māori collaboration

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