Kaitiakitanga & Māori-Led Solutions
Key Goal: Build capacity and develop strategies to facilitate Māori leadership around myrtle rust management
This project will work closely with iwi and hapū in the Northland, Auckland and Taranaki regions using kaupapa Māori (Māori methodology).
Initially the team will develop a framework to assess the 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.
We will expand international knowledge-sharing on indigenous myrtle rust responses by convening a workshop towards the end of the project.
Alby Marsh, Plant and Food Research