Ngā Kanohi Kitea full project (2016 funding round)

Mrs Tracey Godfery
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa
Te Ohu Mo Papatuanuku: Contaminated site toolkit for community use
$200,000
18 months

Lay summary

The Te Ohu Mo Papatūānuku collaboration aims to assist tangata whenua within the Ngāti Awa rohe to address contamination issues on their lands. The research comprises three main objectives: toolkit development for identification and remediation or management of contaminated sites; knowledge and resource provision enabling tangata whenua to improve the health of their lands, and people; and capacity building within Ngāti Awa of science-based remediation technology.

Research will involve identification of contaminants and remedial solutions for x3 contaminated sites; a field-based bioremediation trial at x1 contaminated site; along with desktop research methods. Results will be disseminated amongst Ngāti Awa hapū and other interested parties. The final output of the project is to have enhanced wellness of Ngāti Awa, through empowering tangata whenua in their attempts to remedy contaminated site issues. It is envisaged this research may also assist other landowners within the Whakatane community and beyond.

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