November 19, 2021
Ngāti Kuri returns to Rangitāhua
Ngāti Kuri has used the collection of mātauranga to assert its status as mana whenua of the Kermadec Islands.
As part of Te Mana o Rangitāhua, a five-year research programme led by the country’s northernmost iwi in partnership with Auckland Museum and funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, Employment’s Endeavour Fund, a 10-member team has spent four days on Rangitāhua/ Raoul island before making the three-day journey back.
Expedition and science lead Tammy Tauroa says it echoes a similar voyage 20 years ago by the iwi and shows a commitment as researchers and as iwi and mokopuna to the island.
Evidence collected will be turned into tools for iwi-led management and conservation leadership.