Tau ki Ākau Project Launch

Embarking on a Path to Environmental Resilience: The Tau ki Ākau Project Launch

On May 8th, 2023, the Tau ki Ākau project was officially launched at Te Whetu o Te Rangi Marae in Tauranga Moana. Leaders from Mataatua and Tairawhiti, along with University representatives, local communities and government agencies, attended the event.

The project team presented an overview of their mission: to halt the decline of kelp ecosystems, rejuvenate coastal health, and empower indigenous communities as stewards of change. Rooted in a blend of Mātauranga and science, their approach aims for a holistic understanding of ecological dynamics.

Central objectives include establishing historical baselines, unraveling biophysical stressors, and co-creating resilient management models. With four regions as test beds, the project integrates ancestral narratives and modern technology to scrutinize coastal management.

The launch event concluded with a sense of optimism. The Tau ki Ākau project represents collaboration, resilience, and stewardship. Together, we navigate towards a cleaner, healthier, and more resilient future.

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