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25 02, 2022

Indigenous knowledge ‘gives us a much richer picture’: Q&A with Māori researcher Ocean Mercier

2024-02-20T10:40:26-05:00Tags: |

In Aotearoa, commonly referred to as New Zealand, the Māori, native to the region, possess a wealth of oceanic knowledge that has historically been undervalued. Māori researcher, Ocean Mercier, is working to elevate Māori traditional knowledge, known as mātauranga, regarding oceans in both academic and community settings, with a focus on marine conservation. Despite a vast maritime environment, the ocean is a unifying force for Indigenous communities. British colonization marginalized Māori traditional knowledge, but recent efforts have been made to integrate it into scientific communities to improve conservation practices, particularly in marine ecosystems. Mercier promotes the connection between Māori language and mātauranga, demonstrating how it complements Western science and how it provides a more detailed picture of knowledge and history. She advocates for equitable recognition of diverse knowledge systems. Photo Credit: Project Matauranga

27 10, 2021

Cath Wallace Protects The Arctic

2022-05-14T17:05:41-04:00Tags: |

Cath Wallace is a Lecturer at Victoria University in economics and public policy. She has also chaired Environment and Conservation Organizations of New Zealand (ECO), an alliance of NGOs concerned for the environment and the impacts of climate change. She along with several other activists led a strong resistant movement against a campaign by business interests to pare down the national Resource Management Act in 1990s. She has worked extensively to protect the Antarctica and repudiation of Antarctic Mineral Convention. Lastly, she pressed the Ministry of fisheries in New Zealand to stop violating under New Zealand Fisheries Act of 1996. Photo credit: Goldman Environmental Prize

23 12, 2017

New Zealand Gives Mount Taranaki Same Legal Rights As A Person

2018-01-23T17:25:31-05:00Tags: |

Following the declaration of protection of the Whanganui river, which was granted legal personhood in early 2017, New Zealand has also granted legal rights to Mount Taranaki. Eight local Māori tribes and the government will be considered responsible guardians. Therefore, if someone violates the rights of the Mountain, it is equated with harming the tribe. The government has also committed apologizing to local Māori people for breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi. Photo-credit: David Frampton/AP

28 06, 2017

This New Zealand River Has Human Rights

2017-10-28T23:21:22-04:00Tags: |

In March, the Whanganui River in New Zealand was the first river in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a human being. Following New Zealand’s steps, India attributed to the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers the status of human living entities. It is clear that humanity is realising that Mother Earth is the source of human existence and her needs must be acknowledged and prioritised. The current modern systems of law focus only on the protection of humans and corporations without considering that human existence depends on the well-being of Mother Earth. New Zealand’s action represents the beginning of a new era that questions the foundations of modern legal systems. The goal now is to restore a symbiotic relationship with Mother Earth. Photo credit: Yes! Magazine

28 06, 2017

In New Zealand, Lands And Rivers Can Be People

2017-10-28T22:52:03-04:00Tags: |

In New Zealand, the collaboration between the Maori people and national government has resulted in the legal recognition and protection of the Rights of Nature and legal personhood of the former Te Urewera national park and its river system. According to the statute, Te Urewera is now considered as a legal entity with all the rights, powers, duties and liabilities of a legal person. Photo credit: Antonio de Luca and Google Earth

24 04, 2017

Rivers Of Resistance: Siana Fitzjohn On Aotearoa Protest Against Fossil Fuels

2017-10-09T20:59:13-04:00Tags: |

Blocking the entrances to the 2017 Petroleum Conference in New Plymouth, Sina Fitzjohn offers a personal retelling of blockading local and international oil delegates from arriving to discuss the expansion of the oil and gas industry in New Zealand. The action was the result of collaboration between many climate change resistance groups led by women, including the Climate Justice Taranaki, Friends of Waitara River, Frack Free, Parihaka, Oil Free Wellington, Oil Free Auckland, Greenpeace, Auckland Peace Action, 350 Aotearoa, Pacific Panthers, and Ngatiawa Ki Taranaki Trust. Photo credit: Hera rain

28 03, 2017

New Zealand River First In The World To Be Given Legal Human Status

2017-10-28T23:00:39-04:00Tags: |

A river in New Zealand is now the first in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a person. The new bill recognizes that the Whanganui River, in North Island, is a living entity. The Maori people fought for over 160 years to get this recognition for their river and now the river's interests will be represented by two people: one member from the Maori tribes, known as iwi, and one from the Crown. The recognition allows it to be represented in court proceedings. The settlement also included $80m (£65m) in financial redress and $30m (£25m) to a fund to improve the river's health. Photo credit: Getty images

17 01, 2016

Young Woman Cycles The Southern Hemisphere To Collect Stories Of Climate Change

2017-07-20T19:24:33-04:00Tags: |

23-year-old Devi Lockwood spent a year travelling the Southern Hemisphere by bike to collect 1,001 stories of climate change. Her blog and photography narrate human experiences of water, land and nature from ordinary people all around the world. Photo credit: @devi_lockwood on Instagram  

28 10, 2015

Catherine Irons At TEDxTauranga: Using Human Rights Law To Protect New Zealand’s Natural Environment

2017-10-28T23:50:04-04:00Tags: |

Catherine Irons, Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at Victoria University of Wellington, uses examples of pollution to illustrate that this can no longer be accepted as the status quo and she proposes to include environmental protection in our human rights legislation. Human rights are designed to resolve human problems, but if we do not see a problem it is impossible to create a right for it. Modern legal frameworks provide for environmental laws but not for environmental rights because when the laws were created humans didn’t see any problems. Lastly, she points out that a line in the Bill of Rights or Human Rights Act would allow the protection of the environment to be discussed in the national courts and it could compel a person, company or organisation to take active measures to ensure we live in a healthy, sustainable country. Photo credit: TEDxTauranga

26 09, 2015

A Call To Action For Indigenous Rights From Catherine Murupaenga-Ikenn

2017-10-26T16:13:07-04:00Tags: |

Activist Catherine Murupaenga-Ikenn iwi of the Māori of Te Rarawa and Ngāti Kuri people in Aotearoa (New Zealand) stands as a protector of Indigenous rights and territories, and the health of coastal ecosystems and customary Indigenous fisheries. As an executive member of Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa, the governing authority for her Te Rarawa peoples, Catherine is an outspoken voice against colonization, and for the upholding of Indigenous rights to their lands, waters and sustainable economies. During recent meeting of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, she spoke out about the impacts of deep sea oil drilling and rising seas on Pacific Indigenous peoples, amongst other vital issues. Photo credit: Shane Brown, Global Coordinating Group Media Team

23 12, 2012

Idle No More: Maori Women In Solidarity

2019-01-21T21:24:25-05:00Tags: |

Idle No More is a movement for indigenous sovereignty and land justice started by three indigenous women and one non-native ally in Canada. The movement has received much appreciation from women around the world, including Indigenous women from New Zealand, known as Maori. A group of Maori women showed their solidarity by sending blessings and thoughts to the movement’s brave leadership and to all those who are guardians of the Earth.  Photo Credit: Te Wharepora Hou