Council-led adaptation and Māori

Emerging reflective practice in council-led Dynamic Adaptive Pathways Planning to work with/for mana whenua

SESSION: Thursday 21st March, 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Shari Gallop, Lisa Marquardt & Amon Martin

Dynamic Adaptive Pathways Planning (DAPP) is a tool recommended to local government to identify pathways to plan for climate change impacts despite uncertainty, particularly in coastal areas. Today, there are more than a dozen DAPP projects led by local government nationally with increasing focus on increasing mana whenua involvement, te ao Māori, mātauranga Māori, tikanga Māori and acknowledgement of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in DAPP. It is timely to have a courageous conversation about where we are, and where we need to go.

DAPP projects have a mix of co-governance with Iwi Collectives, and generally representation of mana whenua from iwi, Māori settlement organisations or Rūnanga in community-wide groups. In terms of including mātauranga Māori, some projects have cultural values assessments and hīkoi and include relationships of Māori with culture, environment and places in the multi-criteria analysis used to rank possible pathways. Others include wāhi tapu in the thresholds beyond which additional actions are needed such as flooding of a marae, and value to tangata whenua of assets at risk is being used to help prioritise actions. There is a spectrum in prominence of Te Tiriti ranging from no obvious mention of Te Tiriti though reference to the principles, to Te Tiriti being the first guiding principle reflected in partnership status with Rūnanga. Some key things for us practitioners to take personal responsibility to work on include:

  • Alignment with Te Tiriti
  • Framing with and maintaining a thread of empowerment
  • Whanaungatanga (relationship through shared experiences and working together providing a sense of belonging), not engagement
  • Awareness of siloing of “all things Māori”
  • Reflective practice — what is the next best step?

We all have responsibility to understand how colonisation relates to mana whenua and DAPP, and what our roles are in opportunities for redress in the DAPP process.

Presented By

Shari Gallop

Service Leader - Coastal, Pattle Delamore Partners (PDP)

Shari (Ngāti Maru, Te Rarawa) is a coastal climate chance specialist with broad national and international experience in coastal geomorphology and hazards, climate change adaptation and nature-based solutions. A key focus of her work is bridging Te Ao Māori (the Māori world) and mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) with western science, to understand coastal dynamics and plan for climate change. Much of Shari's work crosses boundaries between science, engineering, social science and te ao Māori.

Lisa Marquardt

Service Leader Adaptation, Pattle Delamore Partners (PDP)

Lisa is a strategic thinker practiced in policy analysis, development, environmental planning and provision of advice, with a particular interest in the climate adaptation/planning/risk management interface. Lisa has led adaptation work at national and regional level, including technical work, methodology and policy development as well as engagement with a range of stakeholders, including iwi/Māori, businesses, the local community and technical experts. She is well connected within the Aotearoa climate adaptation space, and is passionate about helping to increase adaptation skills and expertise across the private and public sectors.

Amon Martin

Asset planning manager, Thames-Coromandel District Council

Amon Martin (Ngāti Kahungunu) is an asset planning manager who leads effective adaptation planning. He has 20-years’ experience in managing the risks associated with climate related hazards, including management of flood protection infrastructure. He has a focus on big picture planning to create resilient and socially vibrant communities as our world changes.

Amon is currently at Thames-Coromandel District Council (New Zealand), an area with over 400km of coastline. He led Council’s coastal adaptation project through to adoption in September 2022 and is now guiding its implementation. This was a three-year project, partnered with Pare Hauraki (Iwi Representatives), which empowered communities to plan for the impacts of climate change. The project recently received the national Environmental Leadership award from Taituarā – Local Government Professionals Aotearoa. Amon provides a hands-on practitioner’s perspective on engaging communities through the use of Dynamic Adaptive Pathway Planning.