The Maketu community has seen more frequent coastal flooding, including near Whakaue Marae, following subtropical storms. In 2019, large swells caused a landslide, causing koiwi (human remains) to tumble from the clifftop urupā at Ōkurei to the beach below.
In 2022, the Maketu Iwi Collective brought together the community to build a common understanding and awareness about the potential impacts of a changing climate on their homes, cultural infrastructure, food supplies, livelihoods and surrounding environment.
He Toka Tū Moana Mō Maketū is the result - an Iwi-led community-involved plan which outlines local solutions to an increasingly evident problem. It includes high level strategic objectives along with specific on-the-ground actions at whānau and community level. Tying it all together is the absolute commitment to restoring the taiao, protecting the people and native species of Maketū, and influencing government and business to do everything possible to reduce the impacts of climate change and to accelerate the transition to a carbon free economy.
In the words of the Maketu Iwi Collective, “we will be resilient like the anchor stone Takaparore – strong and steadfast against the elements and tides of change and uncertainty. Regardless of what happens as a result of a changing environment, we will remain standing”.