Exploring cultural licence to use indigenous organisms in high-value product development, to support emerging land-use opportunities for collectively owned Māori land
Project Details Ngā taipitopito
Collaborators Ngā haumi
More than 60% of freehold Māori land is covered by forest or shrub, with much in its indigenous state. Global demand for ‘functional ingredients’ provides opportunities for Māori landowners to develop high-value products that utilise the bioactive properties of indigenous species and associated mātauranga.
This project aims to support Māori landowners to explore what tikanga-led good practice, cultural licence, and appropriate sharing of collective benefits across the value chain looks like when developing products containing indigenous species.
A key aspect of this work will be to test the development of a collective mechanism that will enhance Māori land stewards’ ability to engage in robust negotiations about access, utilisation and benefit-sharing, further unlocking the potential of Māori land. An easy-to-understand video and infographic will help others around the motu understand the process.