Pohewa Pae Tawhiti

Visualising Horizons

Supporting land-use change decisions that are consistent with landowner long-range visions and priorities, through an integrated framework that incorporates tools, models and innovative guidelines and processes

Project Details Ngā taipitopito

Project Status:
Challenge funding:
Research duration:
October 2019 – March 2020
January 2021 – September 2023

Collaborators Ngā haumi

AgResearch | Development Matters | JD Reid Ltd | Kokiri Research Ltd | Mahi Maioro Professionals | Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research | Plant & Food Research | Scion | Te Arawa Primary Sector Group | Will Allen & Associates

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What are we doing?E aha ana mātou?

Land owners, stewards and managers need more comprehensive support when making land-use change decisions. Land-use diversification is expensive, and decisions are difficult to reverse in the short term.

Pohewa Pae Tawhiti (Visualising Horizons) is a collaboration with Te Arawa Arataua to develop a guided process for decision-makers to compare their current situation with land-use alternatives, based on tikanga and mātauranga Māori combined with innovative tools, models, and the most extensive data sets available.

Crucial factors such as the landowners’ principles, values, aspirations, and priorities for their land are being incorporated into the framework so that land-use change options support their vision.

A user interface will be prototyped that integrates data and indicators into a format that allows decision-makers to compare different land-use scenarios.

A goal of the process is to democratise decision-making within the governance of land entities, to ensure diverse perspectives are considered.

The research team includes key members from Te Arawa Arataua who are working on the ground with a Te Arawa farming entity to test and develop the project framework. This framework will then be tested with other iwi and a corporate farming body.

Pohewa Pae Tawhiti is closely aligned with the Land Use Opportunities – Whitiwhiti Ora programme, linking to datasets on alternative land uses, climate, and biophysical data that will help support land-use diversification assessments.

How can the research be used? Ka pēhea e whai take ai te rangahau?

  • The key output from Pohewa Pae Tawhiti will be a set of considered and assessed land-use options that can be used to outline the long-range strategic direction for decision-makers. This will help people share their vision for the land with others involved in decision-making, to provide the rationale for why decisions are taken and help support the clear communication of decisions to others.
  • This set of land-use options, along with key metrics and indicators, can be used in an in-depth due diligence and investment analysis process.
  • For Māori land trusts, this research aims to support more democratic decision-making, enabling effective input from a wider group of trust members.
  • An associated research programme, Land Use Opportunities: Whitiwhiti Ora, will contribute methods to establish economic and environmental on- and off-farm impacts of on-farm activities.

Research team Te hunga i whai wāhi mai

Science Lead
Tanira Kingi
Te Ao Māori Lead
Te Taru White
Te Arawa Primary Sector Inc
Project Lead
Tina von Pein
Development Matters
Val Snow
Helen Percy
Kēpa Morgan
Mahi Maioro Professionals
John Reid
University of Canterbury
Grace Walker
JD Reid Ltd
Rogerio Cichota
Plant and Food Research
Jay Whitehead
Bill Young
Ngāti Kearoa Ngāti Tuara
Te Arawa Primary Sector Inc
Paula Blackett
Nick Spencer
Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
Robbie Price
Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
Sylvia Tapuke
Jade Kameta
Mahi Maioro Professionals
Oliver McMillan
Mahi Maioro Professionals
Raimona Inia
Mahi Maioro Professionals

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