The Te Ahu o Rehua: A Network for Cross Cultural Ocean Knowledge connects expertise across the fields of climate change, marine science, ocean health, voyaging and non-instrument navigation, and build capacity amongst Māori undergraduate, postgraduate, community members, and practitioners. By creating a cohesive network we aim to enhance Vision Mātauranga marine related research programmes and increase opportunities for Māori entities and organisations to benefit from the interaction between Māori knowledge and scientific disciplines.
Through the network, we envision the establishment of a strong network of Māori marine science and mātauranga practitioners with robust links into marine science and climate change communities. The network members will be supported to develop connections and resources for sharing cross cultural ocean knowledge. The potential outcomes from this network will be greater capacity and capability to develop and deliver successful marine health initiatives (practical, policy, research).
The benefits to whānau, hapū and iwi will be the contributions that subsequent initiatives have in protecting or enhancing their rohe moana. Better cross cultural collaborations and Māori community partnerships will benefit regional government through participatory projects that support coastal kaitiakitanga. Network members will be engaged in waka voyaging, postgraduate training, collaborative research, policy development, and community initiatives that contribute towards ocean health. The network will provide a place to go for capacity building, community engagement, workshops and training, support and mentoring, as well as cross-cultural innovation.