Workshop Organizer(s): 
Erana Walker, Hēmi Whaanga, Priscilla Wehi
Wed 13 May - 9:00 to 12:00
Maximum # participants: 

Minimum # participants: 10

Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand use the concept of Kaitiakitanga to articulate Māori environmental stewardship. It encapsulates traditional values to ensure an ethical relationship with the natural world. Through narratives, place and ideas of kinship, kaitiakitanga has become a pivotal concept for Māori in resource management within New Zealand.

Limited information is available on how kaitiakitanga is applied in the urban space. Its relevance becomes more important as 80% of Māori now reside in New Zealand’s urban centres. As we move further into the 21st century indigenous concepts of environmental protection are needed around the world to contribute towards the growing response to environmental degradation.

This workshop aims to increase participants' understanding of this indigenous value and the complexities in its application. The workshop will focus on providing participants with the opportunity to learn about kaitiakitanga and the different components that make up this concept. By using real-world examples, the workshop will develop participants' views of kaitiakitanga and encourage them to consider engagement with this concept and other indigenous models of environmental protection. This will encourage participants to consider creating action plans to implement into their own restoration projects.