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Kaitiakitanga | Caring for our Lands & Foreshore

This project is designed to deliver durable and sustainable economic, social, environmental and cultural outcomes to the whanau, hapu and tribal assets at Omaio in the Eastern Bay of Plenty in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

The project has already been nominated for a national Environmental award and begun linking into projects around the world.

About our project - the kaupapa

Organizational Overview:

We are a not for profit whanau and hapu community organization committed to the principles of Kaitiakitanga (guardianship and sustainability) over our lands and foreshore particularly as this may relate to development of climate change responses.

We pride ourselves on taking a real can-do approach to everything we do and towards showing the necessary leadership to making things happen.


To raise awareness among our whanau, hapu and Iwi around the risks and threats facing our taonga (treasures) and actively and practically take steps to safeguard and protect our treasures for our future generations.

We will actively seek out, adopt and utilize the best practices, technologies and innovations and, strategic partnerships and alliances available anywhere in the world towards achieving our objectives. And especially those lessons learned by other indigenous people.

Ko te tumanako, ko te whenua me to tatou awa, me nga moana, te waiu mo nga uri i whakatipuranga.


Sustainable and durable economic, social, environmental and cultural development strategies and outcomes.

FACEBOOK: Want to engage with all the whanau and FANS about the kaupapa?

We have pioneered quite smart use of the social networking platform Facebook to engage with whanau and keen supporters of the kaupapa across the rohe in Aotearoa and increasingly across the world.

Click on the Facebook "Like" button below to see stacks of photo's, join the active discussion and, become a FAN of the kaupapa:

Reports, Publications and Documents

Click on the links below to download copies of key documents related the project.

  • Our kaitiakitanga project began in September 2009 with an application to Environment Bay of Plenty for funding to spray and treat noxious and poisonous weeds growing on our lands at Omaio. The application was approved enabling for the work to be done in the following 2 to 4 months. Attached is our detailed report back to EBOP detailing what was actually done and achieved. Report on Weed spraying to Environment Bay of Plenty Click to Download Reader

  • Rob Whitbourne (he uri no Te Whanau a Apanui is currently part way through completing his Doctorate (PhD) at Auckland University into Kumara. Part of research has seen him spend time in Peru in South America researching the history of kumara. Clearly Rob has accumulated sophisticated technical skills throughout his years in the education and especially University system. We are very fortunate that Rob has offered his skill sets to us to support our kaupapa to build a database of as many Te Whanau a Apanui students as we can locate in the New Zealand and indeed international education system so we can similarly explore opportunities to engage more of our students in the kaupapa.

    For your information, attached here is a locked sample of the template that Rob will work to populate over the next six months or so. TWAA student database Click to Download Reader
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