Addressing climate change impacts on Māori coastal ecosystems and economies

Climate change and art - Korero Tuku Iho shed, Kuku, Horowhenua


Aim Two related projects aimed to address climate change impacts on coastal communities in New Zealand, providing information, capability and tools to enable Māori to envisage economically sustainable adaptation strategies that would enhance and restore Māori cultural relationships to the coast, and develop Transition Action Plans to aid in the implementation of preferred Adaptation Strategies
Time period 2015-2019 (ongoing)
Disciplines Climate change science, geomorphology, Mātauranga Māori, Kaupapa Māori research, ecological economics, sustainability science (land use adaptation to climate change), landscape architecture, design and visual communication, social science (adaptive capacity and resilience)
Stakeholders Māori coastal land owners, iwi, hapū and whanau; coastal communities; local and central government agencies responsible for coastal communities and climate change adaptation and mitigation; non-government conservation and climate change organisation representatives
Research integration outcome Integrative bicultural decision making toolsets were developed to assist Māori coastal communities to understand the likely future impacts of climate change on their land, and to prioritise and implement sustainable integrative land use adaptations to address those impacts
Research implementation outcomes Integrative Transition Action Plans to address climate change impacts were co-developed with 5 Māori coastal land block owners in the Horowhenua–Kāpiti region of New Zealand, with agreed pathways for implementation
Funding Vision Mātauranga fund of the Deep South National Science Challenge in New Zealand
  • Outputs downloadable online from:
  • Hardy, D., Spinks, A. Richardson, J., Poutama, M., Patterson, M., Smith, H., Manning, M. (2019). Planning for Climate Change Impacts on Māori Coastal Ecosystems and Economies: A Case Study of 5 Māori-owned land blocks in the Horowhenua Coastal Zone. Massey University, Palmerston North
  • Patterson, M. G., Richardson, J., Hardy, D. J., Smith, H. (2019). The Real Economics of the Adaptation to Climate Change on the Tahamata Dairy Farm – Assessing Future Scenarios from an Integrated Economic Production and Ecosystem Services Valuation Approach. Massey University, Palmerston North
  • Smith, H., Allan, P., Bryant, M. (2017). Climate Change Adaptations for Coastal Farms: Bridging Science and Mātauranga Māori with Art and Design. The Plan Journal 2 (2): 497-518). Online (DOI):
  • Smith, H., Allan, P., Bryant, M., Hardy, D., Manning, M., Patterson, M., Poutama, M., Richards, A., Richardson, J., Spinks, A. (2017). Adaptation Strategies to Address Climate Change Impacts on Coastal Māori Communities in Aotearoa New Zealand: A Case Study of Dairy Farming in the Horowhenua–Kāpiti Coastal Zone. Massey University, Palmerston North
  • One of many exhibitions held during the projects was the ‘The third Wai o Papa Exhibition: A project of hope for Māori Coastal communities’. See: