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Kauati is a specialist policy and research consultancy based in Queenstown, Otago. See below for examples of the skills Kauati can bring to your project. Get in touch if you would like more information or examples.

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  • Articulating aspirations and connections to place
  • Historical and contemporary research
  • Heritage protection
  • Project Lead: NIWA. Client: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
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3 Waters
Consenting Strategy

  • Assisting with masterplans and development proposals
  • Identifying Treaty of Waitangi responsibilities specific to the project
  • Ensuring council understand the context from which iwi make decisions
  • Project lead: WSP Opus. Client: Queenstown Lakes District Council
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Kawarau Falls Bridge

  • Using cultural narrative to inform conservation planning
  • Strategic thinking and research to support decision making
  • Legislative compliance and implementation
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Fiordland Regional
Profiling project

  • Simplifying complex information
  • Facilitation of break-out sessions to collate feedback
  • Historic and contemporary links within the district, both historic and contemporary, that are of significance to Ngāi Tahu ki Murihiku
  • Client: Ngā Papatipu Rūnanga ki Murihiku, Environment Southland
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Te Mana o te Wai
Case Study

  • Offering highly specialised advice needed by central government
  • ‘Back-of-house’ support through detailed analysis and report writing to influence regulatory process
  • Redefine environmental management processes and practices
  • Project lead: Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Client: Ministry for the Environment

"We trust that Kauati will place iwi values, mātauranga Māori and the perspective of our people into the work."

Dean Whaanga, Te Ao Marama Inc (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu)