Te Kete Rau Kotahi / Kaupapa Māori Aquaculture: Kāhui Aquaculture Framework

Over the past two years, our iwi collective of Te Waiariki have been working closely with researchers from Cawthron Institute to develop a mātauranga Māori framework to guide our collective aquaculture efforts in the Waiariki rohe.

The culmination of this mahi is captured in the document “Te Kete Rau Kotahi / Kaupapa Māori Aquaculture – Kāhui Aquaculture Framework”.

Te Kete Rau Kotahi takes its name from the concept of weaving many contributions together in an inclusive way, just as a kete brings diverse elements into a unified whole.

The framework is grounded first and foremost in teachings from the water, or “Te Ao Wai”. Here we outline how we can determine tikanga and kawa for aquaculture through wānanga with hapū and whānau to develop core concepts. These purapura then inform how iwi aspirations for commercial and non-commercial operations are fulfilled.

Crucial support infrastructures are also discussed to ensure any aquaculture activities are undertaken safely and sustainably. A key component is “Te Ara Waihanga”, which provides a stage-based process for developing initiatives by and for Māori. Guiding this is the Manaia Framework for ensuring a correct tikanga-based approach.

The framework then focuses on “Te Rere o te Wai”, conceptualising aquaculture ventures as flowing from mātāpuna or source points. Each subsequent stage of the “mauri journey” is analysed to maintain wellbeing. This resembles a business model approach anchored in cultural principles.

Chris Karamea Insley, on behalf of NIOW says “Te Kete Rau Kotahi” offers us a way forward for aquaculture grounded first in Te Ao Māori.

“By following this framework, from engagement with hapū through to commercialisation, our efforts can achieve mutual benefit whilst protecting taonga for future generations,” says Mr Insley.

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