Posts Tagged ‘Equity’

Iwi welcome Durban Climate-change Agreement

December 19, 2011

Significant economic footprint

With a $NZ37 billion economic footprint representing approximately 20 percent of GNI, Iwi/Maori are rapidly becoming a formidable force within the New Zealand economy. This represents both significant opportunities, and risks and challenges for Maori. With much of this interest concentrated in the primary sector, there is significant risk and exposure to climate change policy and rule development both domestically and internationally to ensure these fast-emerging rules account for the particular interests of Iwi and Maori.

In the lead up to the Durban climate change negotiations in South Africa, through submissions to the Emissions Trading System Review Panel and a series of regional hui, Iwi/Maori have been signaling consistent and strong interest in the development of New Zealand’s climate change policy and linkages to international Kyoto Protocol rules says Dr. Apirana Mahuika, Chairman of the Climate Change Iwi Leadership Group…. (read more)

The next 1 to 3 years will be important as we continue to actively participate in the definition of international and refined domestic (ETS) rules like flexible land-use, harvested wood products and NZU allocations, to ensure they do account for the significant interests of Iwi/Maori says Mr. Chris Insley, Climate Change advisor to the Iwi Leadership Group and member of the New Zealand delegation in Durban.

As well, during this period we will expect to see practical emphasis and commitment by government to a range of complimentary measures like those we have seen with the successful home insulation program delivered to Maori living in our hapu communities says Dr. Mahuika.

New Zealand is committing $10’s million into international programs like the Global Research Alliance for Agriculture and the Green Climate Fund. While these initiatives send useful signals from New Zealand internationally, practically they are unlikely to deliver anything meaningful to our Maori farmers facing entry into the ETS says Mr. Insley.

We need to see the same kind of investment into research and technology to find practical low emissions technologies and solutions for our Maori farmers and cleantech products and services arising from our significant sector interests and certainly in the renewable energy sector says Mr. Insley… (read more)


Sustainability (or kaitiakitanga) is a fundamental value driver to Iwi/Maori where things should be done in balance where only so much should be taken such that there remains sufficient to ensure especially natural resources can be sustained in perpetuity for future generations. The development and confirmation of international and domestic climate change rules too are similarly guided by such principles meaning a very strong alignment between a key value driver for Maori and governing climate change rules.

Equity and fairness

The climate change strategy for Iwi Maori is therefore to create and maximize new business development opportunity arising out of the climate change space while concurrently working solidly to minimize risks and exposures through strategic involvement into the shaping of climate change policy to ensure that these rules are equitable to the interests of Iwi/Maori such that that Iwi/Maori do not bear any disproportionate share of the inevitable burden of climate change policy aimed aimed reducing emissions from the NZ economy and indeed, the world.

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Watershed moment for iwi/Maori

November 26, 2011


Each year for decades in New Zealand, the Government has invested up to $NZ700 million into the country’s Science and Innovation system made up of Universities and government owned research institutes (CRI’s). So billions of dollars have been invested over time.

The question of equity has to be asked when a Government study released in June 2011 that measured the Maori economy at approximately $NZ37 billion concentrated in the primary sector and that this Maori economy was growing at a faster rate than the national GDP economy.

The study however went on to add that the Maori economy was not performing to its fullest potential where for example Maori farms did not have the same level of productivity as their non-Maori counterparts and, that the solution to this dilemma lay in the New Zealand Science and Innovation system. The question of equity in terms of access to the New Zealand Science and Innovation system has to be asked. Why are maori assets not performing in terms of productivity relative to non-Maori assets.

Water shed moment in the Waiapu valley

On Saturday leading scientists from four of New Zealand’s CRI’s were invited to Hinepare marae in the Waiapu valley not to lecture to Maori landowners on what they think is in the best interests of Waiapu landowners, but instead to sit and listen to the interests and perspectives of the Waiapu landowners, i.e. what they saw as their issues and indeed their objectives in terms of new added-value land development opportunities.

Mark Iles at Hinepare marae in the Waiapu valley on the East coast.

Landowners represent a number of very clear development options to the meeting and particularly to the listening researchers from the CRI’s. Manuka honey and nutraceuticals are but one of the possible land development options tabled by the landowners.

New Zealand Nutraceutical supply chain

What happens now?

This meeting is a watershed moment and stands set to redefine how Maori will define and set the science, innovation and technology agenda and search across the science system for the critical capabilities needed to identify the critical issues and engage the specialist capabilities to assist in building up the evidence and fact based business cases to exploit the new commercial opportunities and in doing so realize the full potential of the $NZ37 billion Maori economy.

We are playing a leading role in defining new models and frameworks to connect the capabilities of the New Zealand Science and Innovation system with the goals and objectives of Maori organizations.

What do you think?

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