Taumata Council and Kaitiaki and Capability Development Project

At IKHMG we believe it is important hapū and iwi own leadership in restoring the mauri of the Kaipara and can effectively undertake their role as kaitiaki. We are excited to be in the initial stages of conducting a project funded by the Matauranga Kura Taiao Fund which helps support this kaupapa (initiative).


The project will involve the establishment of a Taumata Council, represented by hapū and iwi within the Kaipara catchment, to support a strategic and coordinated approach to catchment-scale restoration under Kaipara Uri leadership. The project will also involve capability development for kaitiaki through implementation of a training and development programme. This will empower the practice of kaitiakitanga and increase the capability and capacity of kaitiaki to engage in catchment scale restoration. This is of particular importance with the implementation of the Kaipara Moana Remediation to ensure kaitiaki undertake the restoration mahi within their rohe.


Through various stages throughout the project we will:

  • Identify the aspirations, needs and capability and capacity of hapū/iwi to engage in catchment scale restoration

  • Establish a Taumata Council with representatives from hapū/iwi within the Kaipara catchment

  • Increase capability and capacity of kaitiaki to engage in restoration at a catchment scale through a training and development programme

  • Incorporate mātauranga into ecological restoration of the Kaipara Harbour under Kaipara Uri leadership

  • Develop sub-catchment marae-centred restoration plans


If you are interested in finding out more about this project, please feel free to contact Patricia Clark - IKHMG’s Mātauranga Māori Advisor, by filling our the form below.

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