The MBIE-funded Soil Health and Resilience: Oneone Ora, Tangata Ora programme, co-led by Bryan Stevenson and Garth Harmsworth, is developing both the science to understand soil resilience and soil health and the kaupapa Māori research to explore soil health from a Te Ao Māori/mātauranga Māori perspective. Both these strands of research and their findings are then being combined into a universal framework to support soil management guidelines, planning, and policy.
The kaupapa Māori research led by Garth Harmsworth has engaged widely with Māori across Aotearoa-New Zealand to gather diverse Te Ao Māori perspectives and collect information on mātauranga Māori of soils. Many hui/workshops (wānanga), collaborative projects, and interviews have been carried out over the past 3 years, and many have been documented. This kaupapa Māori and mātauranga Māori based research (including ancient, traditional, historic, and contemporary knowledge) has been incorporated into a book edited by Dr Jessica Hutchings (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Huirapa, Gujarati), Dr Jo Smith (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha), and Emma Johnson, editor at Freerange Press. Te Mahi Oneone Hua Parakore: A Māori Soil Sovereignty and Wellbeing Handbook provides a range of practical insights, illustrations, and examples from across Aotearoa-New Zealand to demonstrate the links between soil ecosystems, soil properties, soil health, food/kai, mana (authority, status, self-determination), and human well-being. It has brought together Māori researchers and practitioners from different fields of expertise, to develop a community of practice and build Māori capacity in soils, food security, Māori values, health, and well-being.
Te Mahi Oneone Hua Parakore: A Māori Soil Sovereignty and Wellbeing Handbook is available from Freerange Press.