Towards a Sustainable Blue Economy for Tairāwhiti

Hikurangi Group, a Ruatoria-based collective of social enterprises, is proud to announce a two day event for East Coast communities focusing on the sustainable development of the coastal marine area for the benefit of hapū and whānau in Te Tairāwhiti.

The conference will be held at the Emerald Hotel in Gisborne on 13 & 14 September 2018. Thanks to support from the Sustainable Seas Science Challenge, Cawthron Institute, Te Puni Kokiri and Activate Tairāwhiti, there is no cost to participate but spaces are strictly limited and registration is essential.

Confirmed presenters include a range of local, national and overseas speakers with expertise in marine science, Māori economic development and indigenous rights. 

Download: Conference Programme (as at 11/8/18)

To register click here.

The seafood industry, including aquaculture, currently contributes $1.8B to the economy and generates exports of $1.5B. While the wild fisheries sector is well developed and close to capacity, opportunity exists for value-addition to products, and there is significant potential for growth and diversification in aquaculture. The conference will focus on potential new sectors in the marine economy including high-value nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals and pharmaceuticals from extracts.

Marine and coastal areas also have significant cultural value. They have been an integral part of the lifestyle and culture of local hapū for a thousand years and continue to be important for food, recreation and spiritual wellbeing. Hapū connections with Tangaroa permeates many aspects of our life on the Coast (cultural, spiritual, practical and economic), and hapū have specific rights as kaitieki, mana moana and Treaty of Waitangi partners. Within Te Ao Māori there are clear tikanga that highlight the interconnectedness of whānau, hapū and iwi to the sea and coastlines. Hapū and iwi also have significant marine business interests through ownership of fisheries quota and access to marine space for aquaculture, and opportunity exists to grow and diversify these interests.

The aim of the Te Tai Pari conference is to provide access for whānau and hapu to ideas and information that can contribute to enhancing mana moana while transforming Tairāwhiti into a world-leader in sustainable marine economic development.

For more information contact conference organiser Ruihana Paenga:

Email: / Tel. 022 098 4509

To register click here.

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