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Systemic changes to protect te taiao and fulfil Te Tiriti o Waitangi


Te Tira Whakamātaki is involved in shaping new environmental policy and challenging existing Crown policy, all backed by the rights afforded by Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Government policy is relevant to our mahi in te taiao because it often dictates where the support, pūtea (money), and other resources will be directed which can make a huge difference in the success of biodiversity and biosecurity initiatives. It is especially relevant to Māori because policy is a key tool that the Crown wields to exercise control over te taiao and our taonga species.


Policy Resources

Te Tira Whakamātaki is acutely aware that while tāngata whenua engagement in policy development is a critical step in the revising outdated policy and, too often, that engagement is requested by the Crown with no resourcing or koha given in exchange for the time and knowledge freely given by Māori, particularly when it comes to writing submissions.


To help support our communities to ensure that their voices are heard, Te Tira Whakamātaki endeavours to freely share our policy resources and responses to proposed environmental policy on this page, so that any of our community members may take them as a starting point for their own response or to sign their name to if they agree with our position.

These policy submissions are free to use and we encourage you to take them and make them your own.

Kia kaha.

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