The resilience needs of under-researched rural Māori communities are better understood through targeted research.
The critical role of Māori and Māori organisations before, during and after disasters is well-established. Recent examples of iwi and rūnanga-led response and recovery activities (such as following the Edgecumbe floods) have highlighted the significant Māori capability and capacity in rural Aotearoa.
This project is developing iwi-focused, strengths-based resilience research in the Bay of Plenty, based on authentic kaupapa Māori and mātauranga Māori principles.
Our research is being carried out in the following areas:
Our goal is to develop a deeper understanding of the risk and resilience strengths and vulnerabilities of rural Māori communities.
Indigenous perspectives on disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, environmental resilience, and sustainable development.