Exploring coastal adaptation pathways for Tangoio Marae

  • Project Duration: January 2016 – June 2017
  • Project Budget: $200,000

Recent climate adaptation studies alongside Māori communities in Aotearoa-New Zealand have confirmed that new interdisciplinary approaches and deeper forms of engagement are needed to improve the integration of information (and knowledge) from scientists, environmental managers and decision-makers from across Māori society, to help facilitate actual plans and actions that respond to climate change risks and impacts, while meeting diverse community objectives, needs and aspirations. This project responds to these challenges by facilitating a process with coastal hapū from Tangoio Marae in the northern Hawke’s Bay that supports knowledge exchange, option appraisal and decision-making about climate change induced coastal risks and adaptation pathways.

Overall the project seeks to develop an Indigenous Climate Change Adaptation Decision Model. The model will capture the key decision making processes, stages and sequencing involved for communities when facing uncertain and complex climate change impacts. It is expected that the model’s value will extend beyond the Maungaharuru-Tangitū Hapū and that it will be readily transferable and applicable to other Māori, indigenous and coastal communities generally who are grappling to understand and evaluate climate change impacts and risks and how to integrate these into their respective development plans that include many and varied objectives.

This proposal is a collaborative effort involving NIWA’s Māori Environmental Research Centre and the Maungaharuru-Tangitū Trust on behalf of the Hapū. It is co-led by these parties and includes design, implementation and management of the project to enhance the capacity of Hapū members and the Trust to assess the potential impacts, implications and risks arising from sea level rise and coupled extreme flood events on Hapū assets at Tangoio. Hapū members will play a vital role in the research and delivery of the project, and it is expected that this involvement as researchers and participants will contribute to the building of a shared understanding about climate change and the management of risk.


Contact Principal Investigator

Jackie Colliar (Waikato / Ngāti Mahuta)

NIWA – Hamilton jackie.colliar@niwa.co.nz


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