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Wānanga/focus group facilitation with Ngāti Toa

The Project

4Sight facilitated four focus groups, prepared detailed agendas, facilitated the kaupapa and engagement between technical science and coastal advisors (from GWRC and DOC) and recorded the outcomes and actions from each focus group.

4Sight assisted Ngāti Toa Rangatira:

  • To define and identify what cultural indicators were in a Ngāti Toa context;

  • To develop a framework for the initial indicators to sit within;

  • To develop initial indicators to be tested in Te Awarua-o-Porirua; and

  • In a testing day in Te Awarua-o-Porirua, where Ngāti Toa tested and trialled the marine cultural health indicators.

4Sight assisted GWRC and DOC by:

  • Preparing detailed materials, resources, and activities for whānau before each wānanga;

  • Preparing detailed agendas for, and recording actions from each meeting;

  • Recording detailed notes from each wānanga to assist reporting and project management;

  • Project management support between each wānanga; and

  • Working collaboratively and preparing high quality resources drawing on our wider expertise and experience in coastal, ecological and environmental projects.

The Outcome

We partnered with Ngāti Toa, GWRC and DOC to successfully deliver an initial set of marine cultural health indicators which whānau tested and trialled in Te Awarua-o-Porirua. We facilitated the ground work to allow Ngāti Toa to continue developing and refining the initial indicators, with support from GWRC and DOC science and coastal advisors. 4Sight continues to grow our relationship with Ngāti Toa, GWRC and DOC.

The Approach

4Sight assisted Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and the Department of Conservation (DOC) in leading a series of wānanga (focus groups) with Ngāti Toa Rangatira to develop an initial suite of marine cultural health indicators for their rohe.

4Sight leveraged our existing relationship with Ngāti Toa Rangatira, GWRC and DOC as a trusted advisor to facilitate the exchange of mātauranga Māori (indigenous and local Māori knowledge) and scientific knowledge. We adopted a whānau centred approach and assisted them to develop an initial set of marine cultural health indicators and to test these in Te Awarua-o-Porirua (Porirua Harbour).

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