Support for the Parihaka Maara Kai Hapori Topu food security expansion project (2022-23)
- Out trust secured some food security funding from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) for the maara group at Parihaka to expand their food production and distribution systems to better utilise the whenua and serve their wider whanau community. Due to Covid this has been delayed to the start of 2022 and will run for a year.
Waitekaure Restoration project (2021-22)
- As part of the Maru Wai Matara project we started monitoring the Waitekaure awa and talking with local hapu whanau and landowners. We received funding from the government via NIWA and Mountains to Sea, Whitebait Connections to extend our monitoring training with hapu whanau and to plan and complete a freshwater restoration project. Monitoring continues and we are in the planning stage and set to start the restoration work in winter 2022.
Pukepapa restoration Project (2019-21)
- As part of the Maru Wai Matara project we sought extra funding from the World Wildlife Fund NZ and Trees That Count to support Otaraua Hapu to restore their local Mangaemiemi stream in the Pukepapa valley. We have now fenced and planted 1.2 hectares of riparian margin and wetland off from the dairy farm and installed a network of pest traps with contracted hapu members.
- In early 2022 we will be working with the new hapu Taiao team to support them to continue the work.
Parininihi ki Waitotara (PKW) Taiao Monitoring (2019-2021)
- Our taiao team was contracted for two years to monitor 18 farms across the Taranaki region for Taranaki Maori land owner PKW. We surveyed and recorded stream habitat health, flora and fauna including fish, eDNA and E.coli for each farm site and provided regular analysis reports to the farmers and whānau shareholders to support PKW’s Kaitiakitanga Strategy. The strategy aims to ensure the mauri of the waterways is strong and healthy, see here for more info in their Whenua magazine.
- At the end of 2021 we helped train PKW’s new Taiao cadets who now continue the monitoring work along with fencing, pest control and other environmental initiatives on PKW’s farms.
Maru Wai Matara – Kaitiaki Taiao (2015 – 2021)
- This was a major project focusing on training, resourcing and mentoring 16 Taranaki hapū and pa whanau to monitor, improve and manage their local waterways and mahingakai sources with support from tamariki of local kura. We received funding from several agencies such as MfE, DIA, WWF, MBIE, and Wai Maori to purchase SHMAKits, fish surveying gear, plants, pest traps, fencing gear, shade houses and funds to contract a Taiao team to co-ordinate and train hapu, pa whanau and kura tamariki, and to develop land or awa catchment management plans. We also ran nine school holiday whanau Taiao wananga over three years.
- The dream was to help create hapu and pa Taiao teams across Taranaki to continue the work longterm and restore their mana whenua and local rohe through kaitiakitanga. Iwi, hapu and pa across Taranaki now have around 50 full-time staff working in the Taiao space and we are proud to have helped resource and train some of them.
Puanga Kai Rau ki Parihaka Festival (2015)
- Our Trust acted as the funding body for the 2015 Puanga Kai Rau Festival organised by a committee of people from Parihaka with financial support from Te Puni Kōkiri. The festival occurs every winter at Parihaka Pā, since 2012.
Maungārongo – The Peace Show (2015)
- A bi-weekly radio show on Access Radio Taranaki focusing on peace, community and environmental issues made possible with funding from the Peace and Disarmament Education Trust.
Mahi Kāinga mō ngā Tātarakihi (2014/15)
- A weekly after-school homework and self-directed learning session for tamariki at Parihaka Pā. Made possible with funding by the Community Organisation Grants Scheme.
Whānau ora, hapori aumangea: healthy families, resilient communities (2013/14)
- A weekly healthy kai and sports night at Parihaka Pā including excursions such as tramping trips on maunga Taranaki. Made possible with funding by the Health Promotion Agency.