Indigenous responses to modern ecological problems, subject of a three-day forum in New Plymouth

Solutions to environmental problems will be the focus of a three-day forum in New Plymouth this week.

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Solutions to environmental problems will be the focus of a three-day forum in New Plymouth this week.

Federico Magrin is a journalism student interning at Stuff’s Taranaki newsroom.

A first of its kind forum in New Plymouth this week will see Taranaki Māori discuss indigenous solutions to modern environmental problems.

The He Kurataiao Forum will be hosted by the Parininihi ki Waitōtara Trust at Novotel Ngamotu for three days starting Tuesday.

PKW’s managing director of shareholder engagement, Puna Wano-Bryant, said Taranaki Māori, who worked for public institutions such as New Plymouth District Council and Taranaki Regional Council, and focused on the environment, was about to join the event.

“The world is looking to indigenous peoples for solutions,” she said.

“In Taranaki, we have always been kaitiaki [guardians] of our waters, and we always have, by our genealogy, the responsibility to take care of our land.

Funding for the event came from iwi and the Department of Environment’s Jobs for Nature program.

The Taranaki Mounga conservation project and the environmental protection organization Wild for Taranaki are among the sponsors of the event.

Federico Magrin is a journalism student interning at Stuff’s Taranaki newsroom.

Jessica C. Bell