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Milford Opportunities Project – Stage 3 Feasibility

  • Stage 3 works alongside Mana Whenua to develop a methodology for applying the Ngāi Tahu Lens across feasibility assessments to uphold Ngāi Tahu perspectives. 
  • The Ngāi Tahu Lens defines core principles and criteria, grounded in Te Ao Māori, which will be used to assess proposed developments in Te Rua o Te Moko.
  • Client: Milford Opportunities Project.
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Waiwhakaata Lake Hayes Environmental Statement of Expectation

  • The report outlines the Ngāi Tahu ki Murihiku expectations for restoring Lake Hayes/Waiwhakaata and its catchment. It provides key priorities, strategic objectives, and measures of success to progress toward joint outcomes. 
  • An Āpiti Hono Tātai Hono assessment detailed a Ngāi Tahu ki Murihiku understanding of the catchment and lake. 
  • Client: Te Ao Marama Inc   
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Predator Free Rakiura: Rakiura Whānau Whānui Expectations and Aspirations

  • The report collates the aspirations, expectations, and priorities of Rakiura whānau whānui for the Predator Free Rakiura programme. It is designed to inform the co-design of research and projects to successfully deliver outcomes. 
  • A Ngāi Tahu framework of seven interlinked themes was applied that represent the relationships Rakiura whānau whānui have with Rakiura. 
  • Predator Free Rakiura
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Fish Futures

  • Fish Futures aims to inform policy changes and restoration efforts by integrating Mātauranga Māori with Western scientific perspectives to achieve sustainable nationwide freshwater ecosystem management.  
  • Kauati is involved in multiple workstreams for the 5-year research programme, including historical/biocultural research and Mātauranga Māori.  
  • Client: Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment
  • Project Lead: Cawthron Institute
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Āpiti Hono Tātai Hono - Landscapes of Ngāi Tahu ki Murihiku

  • Āpiti Hono Tātai Hono is the methodology developed for Stage 1 of the Southland Cultural Landscape Study. It enables Ngāi Tahu ki Murihiku to identify, assess and articulate their cultural landscapes. 
  • Principally different to the more common cultural landscape approaches driven by district plans, Āpiti Hono Tātai Hono is based on Ira Atua Ira Tangata and considers whakapapa, mana, kawa, tikanga, mātauranga, identity, practices, history, and future aspirations. The methodology borrows from Te Ao Ngāi Tahu, landscape and heritage practices.
  • Client: Te Ao Marama Inc with support from the Southland local 
    and regional councils.


"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)