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Susan Smith

Doctor of Philosophy, (Mäori Studies)
Study Completed: 2008
College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Citation

Thesis Title
Hei Whenua Ora ki Te Hakari: Hapü and iwi approaches for reinstating valued ecosystems within cultural landscape.

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Ms Smith investigated how iwi and hapü of Ngäti Tükorehe in Kuku, Horowhenua came together to exercise kaitiakitanga (active guardianship) over fragmented ecosystems in tribal coastal areas. What emerged from the co-intelligence and co-management strategies for knowledge development was that iwi and hapü participants determined and effected significant ecological improvements, where sustainability and well being of both the environment and people(delete this comma) was enhanced. Her range of methodological considerations included collating narratives of place within a braided cultural landscape concept; documenting water-engineering activities that accelerated ecosystem decline and cultural landscape destruction;and conducting further collaborative water quality research that assessed the remaining indigenous biodiversity values within Te Häkari Dune Wetland. Her visual art and documentary component detailed the complexities of research to actively restore and protect coastal waterways and dune wetlands. In drawing on Mäori concepts, local experiences and aspirations for environmental rehabilitation, the research articulated new ways of revitalising remaining ecosystems within revered cultural landscapes.

Supervisors
Professor Mason Durie

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