June 15, 2021
Matauranga Maori welcomed into environment hubs
Environment Hubs Aotearoa members say they are seeing more young Māori getting involved in conservation efforts.
The rōpū, which is a network of 16 organisations around the country coordinating community projects such as waterway restoration, tree planting, waste reduction and other sustainability initiatives, had its funding boosted in the Budget to $6.4 million over four years.
Janet Cole from the Kaipatiki Project on Auckland’s North Shore says while in the past the conservation movement has been very Pākeha-led, it is now working with Māori, especially younger people coming out of the kura kaupapa movement who bring a te ao Māori and tiriti partnership focus.
"One of the aspects of that is making it easy for everyone to learn about mātauranga Māori, and to support those who have that knowledge and understanding to share it, so recognising the value of that and how it helps us, what the framework of restoring the mauri looks like," she says.
Janet Cole says conservation needs to recognise humans are part of te ao.
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