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Tools for: Māori Land Owners

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Key Variables for Design, Evaluation or Troubleshooting a Collaboration

A practical model of what conditions, capabilities and resourcing are necessary for collaboration to be successful, to be used in designing, evaluating or improving collaborative processes. This model was co-developed with collaboration practitioners across New Zealand. 


Framework for Building and Improving Collaboration

Questions for designing, evaluating and critically reviewing a collaborative process for decision-making and policy-making.


Kohuratia Web Tool to Identify Priority Actions for Agribusiness

The Kohuratia website provides agribusiness and farms in Aotearoa New Zealand with a snapshot of their current constraints and opportunities. Enter data about your organisation's values, current performance, capabilities and capacity, and the tool generates a series of priority actions that will help optimise economic, social and environmental outcomes. Kohuratia was developed for Māori agribusiness but can be used for any farm and has been tested with Pakehā farmers.


Consumer Willingness to Pay Price Premiums for Credence Attributes of Livestock Products

Exporters and agri-food marketers can use this meta-analysis (combining the results of 94 other studies) to learn how much more consumers are willing to pay for attributes such as organic dairy (36% more, for this example). This analysis found that Australasian consumers value red meat products with credence attributes the highest, followed by Asian, European and North American consumers. As for dairy products, willingness-to-pay is highest in the Asian market, followed by the EU and the North America.


Cultural Health Index

The Cultural Health Index (CHI) was developed by Māori to monitor change in streams and rivers, with adaptations seeing it used to measure change in coastal areas, kauri systems, estuaries, wetlands, marine ecosystems and takiwa (tribal regional) reporting. Given the adapability of this tool it has potential for use in the Māori agribusiness sector. 

Note that views on appropriate tools will vary between rohe and mana whenua, and tools are not a substitute for collaboration and relationship building with local whānau and hapū.


Mauri Compass Tool

The Mauri Compass is an environmental tool to understand the mauri of a waterbody and its interconnected people, using 12 compass points (parameters). The 4 compass points of tangata whenua, wairua, mahinga kai, and cultural can only be assigned by tangata whenua. The other 8 compass points draw on western science

Note that views on appropriate tools will vary between rohe and mana whenua, and tools are not a substitute for collaboration and relationship building with local whānau and hapū.


Taikura Nuku

A land-use decision support tool developed by Te Tumu Paeroa that combines datasets to gain insight into how Māori land can operate at highest and best use. Our Land Use Suitability researchers are augmenting this with land-use suitability data.



Overseer enables farmers and growers to improve nutrient use on farms, delivering better environmental outcomes.



NIWA’s Catchment Land Use for Environmental Sustainability (CLUES) model is a GIS-based modelling system that assesses the effects of land use change on water quality and socio-economic indicators. CLUES allows users to create both land use and farm practice change scenarios (stocking rates, mitigation), providing results in map and tabular displays. NIWA can provide training.



Built on a detailed farm map, MitAgator’s software gives a spatial view of where contaminant losses are occurring and identifies critical source areas. This allows mitigation scenarios to be validated and targeted more precisely, improving their cost-effectiveness.


Farm Environment Plans

Widely recognised as good business practice, Farm Environment Plans area visible indication of sustainable activity on farm. They are likely to become compulsory for all farms over time. Beef and Lamb NZ has useful templates for all farming systems.


NZ Sustainability Dashboard

The NZ Sustainability Dashboard has been comprehensively reviewed by our Indicators Working Group and found to be fit-for-purpose. The dashboard provides processes and tools to enable effective sustainability assessment and reporting across different agricultural sectors.


Maximising Export Returns

An interactive dashboard that allows users to explore the credence attributes most highly valued by some of New Zealand’s key export markets.


Environmental Report Cards

Environmental Report Cards convey monitoring results and support management and restoration of freshwater bodies. Environmental Report Cards are an engagement tool designed to galvanise commitment and action by getting communities to walk their lands, observe their waters and debate the state of their environment. For a Māori community it is important to develop and apply Environmental Report Cards to address specific needs and practices of that rohe and communicate the cultural health of the catchment.


Cultural Impact Assessment

Part of the Māori resource management landscape under the RMA, Cultural Impact Assessments (CIA) are a primary tool to assist in determining the effect of any proposal on the environment, culture or values as they might be understood by Māori interests. A CIA illuminates the cultural values underpinning a resource and its potential or actual use.

Note that views on appropriate tools will vary between rohe and mana whenua, and tools are not a substitute for collaboration and relationship building with local whānau and hapū.


Pōwhiri as a Tool for Collaboration

Collaboration Lab researchers are developing a method drawing on pōwhiri as a tool for collaboration. This concept is in the early stages of development and testing.

VIEW PRESENTATION (PDF) → Waitangi Catchment Pilot

The Waitangi catchment pilot map provides a new web-enabled access tool that connects cultural GIS data and soil and water science, with the Māori Maps marae community platform. This provides new ways for mana whenua to engage with their awa and whenua to achieve their aspirations. Māori Maps acts as a portal to WhenuaViz data provided by Mauri Whenua Ora research. Work to extend the tool to the Bay of Plenty is currently underway.


The Matrix of Drivers

The Matrix of Drivers provides market intelligence and foresight into consumer trends and international agreements. Industry bodies can use this research to assess the magnitude of drivers affecting their sector (eg climate change, plant-based protein trends), anticipate change, and assist producers to adapt. Primary sector producers and entrepreneurs can use The Matrix to meet market demands or seek out new high-value, low-footprint opportunities, and avoid lurching from one trend to the next. See table 3.1 in the report.


Multi-criteria decision-making framework

This land-use assessment framework has been developed by Next Generation Systems to explore opportunities for adopting more suitable land use and to identify gaps in knowledge. It uses multi-criteria decision-making to simultaneously consider multiple domains, where selection of best alternatives is highly complex, context-specific and deeply personal. Please email Alan Renwick to discuss using the tool.

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