New Zealand Biosecurity Awards 2017

Congratulations to the Te Tira Whakamātaki ( Māori Biosecurity Network) team — winners of the Māori biosecurity award at the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards 2017.

Te Tira Whakamātaki (TTW) is a network of Māori scientists (plant pathologists, soil chemists, biosecurity officers, indigenous sociologists), policy makers, politicians, kaitiaki, iwi leaders and whānau who are dedicated to ensuring Māori have a voice and are able to participate in NZ's biosecurity system, and whom provide technical biosecurity support and advocacy to whānau, hapū and iwi.

TTW aim is to protect our taonga for future generations. The project will explore how Māori knowledge, interests and values can be embedded in New Zealand’s biosecurity system.

TTW, whose name means ‘the watchful (vigilant) ones’, was established to:

  • Ensure Māori have a voice in New Zealand's Biosecurity systems and Government Industry Agreements (GIA).
    Kia whai wāhi te tirohanga Māori ki ngā whakahāere tiaki-koiora o Aotearoa me te whakaaetanga ahumahi a te Kawanatanga (GIA).
  • Guard biosecurity processes to ensure the Māori voice is being heard, and Māori are being included.
    He tautiaki i ngā tukanga tiaki-koiora, kia whai wāhi te tirohanga Māori, otirā a ngāi Māori whānui.
  • Provide or solicit biosecurity research that includes Māori perspectives and solutions, and advocate the effects of biosecurity threats and policy on Māori social policy, political strategy, economic interests, technology, and culture.
    Kia tuku, kia tono i mātanga kē atu rānei - ngā rangahau tiaki-koiora mai te tirohanga Māori, mai te ara whakatikatika a te Māori. He waha i ngā pānga whakawehiwehi tiaki-koiora me ngā kaupapa here, ki ngā kaupapa here pāpori Māori, rautaki tōrangapū, whāinga ōhanga, hangarau me te ahurea.

Importantly, TTW is Māori-led, not agency-led.