CLIMATE CHANGE & COASTAL MĀORI COMMUNITIES
“We need to keep designing opportunities for iwi and hapū to see the potential of what adaptive change can look like.”—Dr Huhana Smith
In the first phase of their Deep South research, Huhana and her team worked alongside Māori land- and farm-owners, utlising the knowledge systems of whakapapa (genealogy), hīkoi (walking) and kōrero tuku iho (ancestral knowledge) to activate community understandings of climate change. The second phase of their project looks at risk assessments and transition action plans. Overall, this research producing real opportunities for hapū and iwi to consider how they might adapt their land management and community planning, in line with future sea level rise, coastal erosion, salinification and extreme weather.
Dr Huhana Smith (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Raukawa ki Te Tonga) is an artist and academic working across indigenous knowledge, contemporary art, design and science research. Head of Art at Massey University, Wellington, she advocates for active participatory, collaborative and kaupapa Māori research projects, particularly around major environmental and climate change issues.
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