Whenua Ora; Tangata Ora

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State Active
Duration 2019 – 2024
Budget / Funding $150000
Project Leader(s)
Christine Kenney
Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāi Tahu
Massey University


The resilience needs of under-researched rural Māori communities are better understood through targeted research.

Project description

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:

  • Iwi and hapū-focused resilience case study
    This workstream is being co-developed with rural Bay of Plenty business Tane Mahuta, using the company as a case study of a best practice resilience initiative in the region. The case study will explore the role Tane Mahuta has played in supporting community psychosocial and socio-economic wellbeing through pastoral care, employment, and emergency management capability development in the cascading hazardscape of the Bay of Plenty. The key output from this project will take the form of a short documentary.
  • Culturally relevant resilience resources
    In partnership with iwi, this workstream involves developing disaster risk reduction resources that are contextually and culturally relevant as well as informed by the principles of whānau ora, in order to enhance the resilience and recovery of rural Māori communities in the aftermath of disasters.
  • Iwi and hapū-focused resilience analysis
    This workstream involves completing an iwi-focused resilience analysis of the Whakaari eruption that considers the Covid-19 context.

Our goal is to develop a deeper understanding of the risk and resilience strengths and vulnerabilities of rural Māori communities.

Resource Outputs from this project


Indigenous Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction, Community Sustainability, and Climate Change Resilience

Indigenous perspectives on disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, environmental resilience, and sustainable development.

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