Kaupapa | Projects  

Learn more about the kaupapa Māori food sovereignty projects and communities we are involved with. Our projects are both research led and practice based.

He Mātai i te Taiao

Realising rangatiratanga to support support kaitiakitanga and kaitiaki-led monitoring and reporting systemsĀ 

HeĀ Mātai i te Taiao is a two-year research projectĀ to understand how rangatiratanga, kaitiakitanga and Māturanga Māori can lead the implementation of Te Mana o te Taiao - Aotearoa's Biodiversity Strategy.

The research investigated the effectiveness of kaitiaki-led biodiversity and monitoring by working with six different kaitiaki groups around the motu. Together, they implemented monitoring and reporting frameworks to understand how mana, rangatiratanga and kaitiakitanga could be enabled by the Strategy. The six case studies range from whānau-led monitoring and management in Tāmaki Makaurau's Te AtatÅ« to the Raukumara Pae Maunga Restoration Project that is revitalising the ancestral ngāhere of Te Whānau-a-Apanui and Ngāti Porou.Ā 

The projectĀ was delivered by researchers from Papawhakaritorito Trust, Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research and the Department of ConservationĀ and funded by the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge.Ā 

Read the summary sheets for each case study and the full report below.Ā 

Read about whānau-led monitoring in Te Atatū
Read about the Raukumara Pae Maunga Restoration Project
Read about Te Arawa's cultural monitoring of Rotorua's lakes
Read about restoring wetlands and waterways in Ōtākou
Read about mana whenua-led habitat monitoring in Murihiku
Read about Ngāti Kuri's protection of its moana and islands
Read the He Mātai i te Taiao full report

Resisting genetic engineering in Aotearoa

As part of the He Whenua Rongo 2024 wānanga, weĀ investigated the riseĀ of biopiracy in Aotearoa through the use ofĀ genetically modified organisms (GMOs).Ā 

These organisms are createdĀ using genetic engineering - a Western scientific process that can changeĀ the ancestral ways of all living things. This essentially plunders nature and knowledge.

The following overviews detail theĀ topics of what biopiracy is, how to protect Indigenous worldviews and seed, soil and food sovereignty movementsĀ globally and why GMOs are perpetuated by the passing of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). These overviews are designedĀ to help us all understand the implications of allowing GMOsĀ to infiltrate Aotearoa and the world.Ā 

Read about biopiracy
Read about how to protect Indigenous worldviews from GMOs
Read about how Free Trade Agreements promote biotech

Kai Atua

Kai Atua: Food for Hope and Wellbeing is a three year kaupapa Māori research project funded by Te Apārangi (Royal Society of New Zealand) Marsden Fund.

This project is grounded at the flax roots with diverse Māori food growing communities and examines how kaupapa Māori approaches to building resilient and sovereign food systems contribute to imagining new food nation futures.

Learn more about the Kai Atua project
Read the full research here

He Whenua Rongo

Building Māori kai and soil resilient communities through knowledge.

He Whenua Rongo is a 7 month kaupapa Māori research project that has been conducted by Papawhakaritorito Charitable Trust led by Dr. Jessica Hutchings in partnership wih Te Waka Kai Ora (National Māori Organics Authority) with support from AATEA Solutions, a kaupapa Māori research, facilitation and translation consultancy.

The project has been resourced by the Ministry for the Environment.

Read the summary and full report below.

Read the He Whenua Rongo summary
Read the He Whenua Rongo full report

He Kai Te Rongoā, He Rongoā Te Kai

Released in October 2022, this report covers the evidence presented by Te Waka Kai Ora to the Waitangi Tribunal's inquiry into the Wai 262 claim and brings it together into a single document. 

The purpose is to amplify the evidence of Te Waka Kai Ora  with regards to: 1) the harmful impacts of GM, 2) ongoing use of organo-chlorines and pesticides and 3) the lack of protection for Hua Māori and Hua Parakore.

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Feed the Whānau māra at Taita College

Papawhakaritorito Trust has been supporting the establishment of an urban farm at a high school in Lower Hutt. Lani Rotzler Purewa has been working alongside students of the
Ahi Ka class, who have been working with the whenua over the last years.

Read the full report

Te Awa Kairangi Māori Food Growers Hui 2021

In October 2021 Papawhakaritorito Charitable Trust hosted a one day hui with Māori food growers based in Te Awakairangi (Hutt Valley). The aim of the hui was to share kōrero about how to support, instigate and sustain flaxroots-led kai and soil growing practices. From the hui emerged a name for our roopÅ«, “Feed the Whānau”.

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Poipoia Te Kākano Kia Puāwai

Our project intends to support rangatahi (youth) leadership and skills in seedling production through a partnership with the Feed the Whānau project and by providing seedlings to help establish a māra at Taita College. We hope to eventually extend our seedling resource guide to include tips on native seedling propagation to help re-cloak Papatūānuku.

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Māori Kai Sovereignty Aspirations in Te Whanganui-a-Tara

In December 2021 the Papawhakaritorito Charitable Trust hosted a wānanga on behalf of the Wellington City Council to explore existing and potential Māori kai initiatives in Wellington city. The event offered an invaluable opportunity for whakawhanaungatanga and produced some high level outcomes based on the Hua Parakore framework that have fed into the WCC Sustainable Food Action Plan.

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Hua Parakore and Biodynamic Two Day Workshop 2021

In late November 2021 a two day Hua Parakore and Biodynamic Workshop was held at Papawhakaritorito, a Hua Parakore-verified food farm in Kaitoke, just north of Wellington.

Read the full report