This ummer intern project will document Māori community engagement with open days and public observatories as a means of achieving the goals of transformative education in a more culturally appropriate and publicly accessible form.

Northland has a long history of agricultural extension services and open days on farms, but those legacies were threatened by neoliberal reforms over the last three decades. Te Uri o Hau, Ngāti Wai and Ngāpuhi have reinvented those approaches for cultural and environmental health purposes and in intergenerational learning initiatives. Their intent is to promote a transition to sustainability, but also to implement responsibly strategic cultural objectives and Treaty settlements.

A secondary intent is to demonstrate indigenous forms of leadership in a publicly visible way that will invert the conventional gaze of education for sustainability – to educate Pakeha about the advantages of collective action, practices, and ownership in realizing environmentally appropriate development.

Intern - Danielle Newton Ngāti Wai, Ngāpuhi, Patuharakeke University of Auckland Supervisor - Brad Coombes University of Auckland
Project commenced:

Research Lead(s) and Team

Kati Mamoe Ngāti Kahungunu

Brad's research focus is the participation of indigenous peoples in conservation management and environmental planning. This research focuses on the obstacles to establishing partnership approaches, and the appropriateness of comanagement, collaborative science and community-based management for resolving conservation conflicts.