Submission to the Environment Select Committee on the Inquiry into Climate Adaptation, November 2023.
Submitted by E Oho! Awakening Aotearoa (on behalf of multiple voices from across the motu).
Key Authors: Lara Taylor (Ngāti Tahu, Tuhourangi, Ngāti Pāhauwera, Ngāi Tahu ki Murihiku), Siani Walker (Te Atihau-nui-a-Paparangi, Ngāti Tupoho, Ngāti Tamakopiri, Ngāti Rangi, Te Aupouri, Ngā Puhi Ngāti Kahu ki Whaingaroa), Akuhata Bailey-Winiata (Tuhourangi, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Tutetawha), Shari Gallop (Ngāti Maru, Te Rarawa).
Key Contributors: Manu Caddie (Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngaati Hauaa), Te Weu Charitable Trust; Natasha Koia (Ngāti Porou), Totaranui Nama Ono Trust; Cindy Hempsall – Matai Kaitiaki Environs Te Uri o Hau (Te Uri o Hau/Ngāti Awa); Fiona Kemp – Taiao Manager Environs Te Uri o Hau (Ngāti Awa/Ngāti Kea Ngāti Tuara); Environs Holdings Ltd, environmental subsidy to Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust; Lucy Tukua (Ngāti Paoa, Ngāti Whanaunga); Teresa Kora (Ngāti Tahu), Acting Chair of Tahorakuri A130 Trust; Roana Bennett (Ngati Whakaue); James O’Callaghan (Ngati Whakaue, Tapuika, Waitaha); Elva Conroy (Ngāti Whakaue, Tapuika, Tuhourangi); Lucy Kaiser (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha); Lisa Warbrick (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Rangitihi, Te Atihaunui a Pāpārangi) Te Pū Oranga Whenua;; Lara Clarke, Planner; Micah Butt (Ngāti Whakaue and Ngāti Korokoro/Ngāpuhi); Milly Grant-Mackie (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kuri, Ngapuhi); Melanie Mayall-Nahi (Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara, Te Rarawa), Ahlia-Mei Ta’ala (Te Āti Haunui-ā-Pāpārangi); Indira Venkatraman, (PhD Student, Civil Systems Engineering Group, University of Canterbury); Desna Whaanga-Schollum (Ngāti Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pāhauwera, Ngāi Tahu ki Taipōrutu, Te Aitanga-a-Whaanga); Lani Kereopa (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Tahu); Ashlee Aspinall (Ngaati Mahuta ki Tai, Te Whaanau a Ruataupare); Te Ruunanga o Ngaati Mahuta ki te Hauaauru Charitable Trust KiriOra Taipari (Ngāi Tamawhariua); Hone Winder-Murray (Ngāi Tamawhariua); Anne Billing (researcher); Oriwa Tamahou (Tūhoe, Waikato-Tainui), Kairangahau AgResearch.
Key Supporting Organisations:
1. Resilience to Nature’s Challenges National Science Challenge
2. Human Rights Commission
3. Papa Pounamu and The New Zealand Planning Institute
He Ekenga Ngaru - Māori community solutions to climate retreat and adaptation
In October 2023, a group of emerging kairangahau Māori (Māori researchers) with the Resilience National Science Challenge brought together Māori planners, practitioners, researchers and kaitiaki from across the motu at a symposium at Whakaue marae in Maketū, Bay of Plenty.
The kaupapa was to develop a collective response to the Parliamentary inquiry into climate adaptation. Many of the attendees face climate impacts to their whenua such as sea-level rise and flooding, and are considering potential relocation of their marae and other taonga, or other adaptation initiatives.
This is the collective submission that was informed by kōrero at the symposium.
We must make room for Tiriti-led approaches to retreat and adaptation. To be successful, our national policy and legislative frameworks need to empower and enable iwi, hapū, and whānau and affirm their rangatiratanga, mātauranga and tikanga through these processes.
Ngā mihinui to the haukāinga of Whakaue Marae, Maketū and everyone who attended or supported this kaupapa in any way.