A Public Forum on Rights and Responsibilities for Sustainability
Climate Change and Governance Conference, 28-29 March 2006, New Zealand
Conservation Roundtable Conference, ALOTOAU, PNG
Leadership in a Climate of Change
Local Management of Marine Areas (LMMA) Network Meeting, Fiji
Responsible governance of Watersheds
Samoa, Culture and Environment
Science Technology and Society conference
The Treaty of Waitangi and the Foreshore and Seabed
Water Forum: from the stories of our rivers to the quality of water
Watersheds and Responsible Governance
Collaborative Environmental Activities
As a result of a national seminar we held on Water, as part of an Alliance initiative in 2003, different activities have taken place associated with the ecology of water and land management.
In the Lake Taupo region, an indigenous committee and a government agency have developed protocols for an effective collaboration on land management which support cultural safeguards associated with the land and the commercial operations of the government department. A research project to investigate this project as a case study has been able to link with the Charter initiative and bring the concept of responsibility as a theme of the project.
Another project is the Waihora/Lake Ellesmere restoration, in the South island, with planting and enhancement of the biodiversity. Lincoln University and Community participants have come together and created exposure to the environmental activity through schools art competition, musical performance and a food and wine gathering.
Waihora is out toward the horizon. Its older name is Te Kete Ika o Rakaihautu –more of a certificate of title name – the great fish basket of Rakaihautu. Te Hapua o Ahuriri (which is where we are working) is near an old pa site of Ngäi Te Ruahikihiki
Waihora Renaissance day – the restorative planting aimed at planting natives which would have been in the area in pre-european times, the seedlings were raised in nearby conditions to help ensure their survival in the frosts the area experiences. 30 of us planted 1500 plants! Adverse conditions are now a feature of the lake, (lowered levels through draining for farmland and runoff etc) mean that the weed cannot now re- establish itself. It is the long term dream of Ngati Moki people at Taumutu, to be able to spear Patiki (flounder) in the traditional way, by wading and spotting the patiki through the clear water, then spearing it.