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.

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.

Matatau Whenua, a project associated with Pohewa Pae Tawhiti, investigates how tikanga, kōrero pūrākau and other forms of cultural knowledge can be incorporated into land use decision-making in managed landscapes.

E aha ana mātou?

Kei te hiahiatia e ngā kaipupuri whenua, e ngā tāngata tiaki whenua, e ngā kaiwhakahaere hoki te tautoko matawhānui ake ina whakatau ana i ngā whakatau huringa whakamahinga-whenua. He nui te utu o te whakakanorau whakamahinga-whenua, ā, he uaua te whakahuri i ngā whakatau i roto i te wā tata.

Ko Pohewa Pai Tawhiti ko tētahi mahinga ngātahitanga ki a Te Arawa Arataua hei whakawhanake i tētahi tukanga e ārahina ana mō te hunga whakatau ki te whakatairite i tō rātou horopaki o nāianei ki ngā kōwhiringa kē mō te whakamahinga-whenua, i runga i ngā tikanga, i te mātauranga Māori tahi ki ngā taputapu me ngā tauira auaha, me ngā huinga raraunga tino whānui e wātea mai ana.

E whakaurua ana ki te pou tarāwaho ngā āhuatanga waiwai pērā i ngā mātāpono, i ngā uara, i ngā tūmanako, i ngā whakaarotau hoki o te kaipupuri whenua mō tōna whenua, kia tautoko ai ngā kōwhiringa huringa whakamahinga-whenua i tō rātou wawata.

Ka whakamātauhia tuatahitia tētahi tāhono kaiwhakamahi e whakauru ai te raraunga me ngā tohu ki te hōputu e tukuna ai te hunga whakatau ki te whakatairite i ngā tini horopaki whakamahinga-whenua.

Ko tētahi whāinga o te tukanga ko te whakamanapori i te rapu whakatau i roto tonu i te mana whakahaere o ngā hinonga whenua, hei whakarite kia whai whakaarohia ngā tirohanga kanorau.

Kei roto i te rōpū rangahau ngā mema matua nō Te Arawa Arataua e mahi ana i te whenua ki tētahi hinonga pāmu o Te Arawa hei whakamātau, hei whakawhanake hoki i te pou tarāwaho o te kaupapa. Kātahi ka whakamātauhia tēnei pou tarāwaho ki ētahi atu iwi, ki tētahi hinonga pāmu ahumoni hoki.

E hāngai tata ana a Pohewa Pae Tawhiti ki te hōtaka Land Use Opportunities – Whitiwhiti Ora, e tūhono ana ki ngā huinga raraunga mō ngā whakamahinga whenua kē, mō te āhuarangi, ki ngā raraunga koiora kiko hoki ka āwhina ai ki te tautoko i ngā aromatawai whakakanorau whakamahinga-whenua.

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.
  • A user interface will be prototyped that integrates data and indicators into a format that allows decision-makers to compare different land-use scenarios.
  • For Māori land trusts, this research aims to support more democratic decision-making, enabling effective input from a wider group of trust members to ensure diverse perspectives are considered.
  • 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.

Ka pēhea e whai take ai te rangahau?

  • Ko te putanga matua mai i a Pohewa Pae Tawhiti ko tētahi huinga kōwhiringa whakamahinga-whenua kua āta whakaarohia, kua aromatawaihia hoki ka taea te whakamahi hei whakatakoto i te aronga rautaki karioi mō te hunga whakatau. Mā konei e āwhina ngā tāngata ki te tuari i tō rātou wawata mō te whenua ki ētahi atu e whai wāhi ana ki te rapu-whakatau, hei tuku i ngā take mō ngā whakatau, hei āwhina hoki ki te tautoko i te kōrero mārama atu i ngā whakatau ki ētahi atu.
  • Ka taea te whakamahi i tēnei huinga kōwhiringa whakamahinga-whenua, tahi ki ngā inenga me ngā tohu matua, ki tētahi tukanga haurapatanga hōhonu me te tātari haumitanga.
  • Mō ngā taratahi whenua Māori, e whai ana tēnei rangahau kia tautoko i te rapu-whakatau he manapori ake, e whakaahei ana i te whakaurunga whaitake mai i te rōpū whānui ake o ngā mema taratahi.
  • Mā tētahi hōtaka rangahau tuihono, arā mā, Land Use Opportunities: Whitiwhiti Ora, e tuku ngā tikanga hei whakatū i ngā pānga ā-ohaoha, ā-taiao hoki o ngā mahi kei te pāmu, kei waho hoki i te pāmu.

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 / Earth Quotient
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
Corey Ruha
Te Arawa, Tūwharetoa, Raukawa
Independent researcher

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