Te Tira Whakamātaki Māori Biosecurity Network

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The BioHeritage Challenge helped Te Tira Whakamātaki (TTW) – the Māori Biosecurity Network – get off the ground and now the group is sharing its story online.

BioHeritage seed-funded the development of the award-winning TTW to strengthen the interface between Māori communities and western agencies when it comes to biosecurity management.

The Māori-led group is a network of Māori scientists, policy makers, politicians, kaitiaki, iwi leaders and whānau. They are dedicated to ensuring Māori can participate in building a robust biosecurity system for New Zealand – protecting species of cultural significance for future generations.

The gap between Māori knowledge and western biosecurity management was highlighted when New Zealand started fighting the myrtle rust invasion – a significant threat to native plants including mānuka, rātā and pōhutukawa. Want to help fight myrtle rust? Download the Myrtle Rust Reporter.

Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) is an essential element of all BioHeritage projects, recognising that indigenous insights are vital for guiding environmental conservation in New Zealand.

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

As kaitiaki, Māori are acutely aware of the interactions between plant and insect systems. We now need to understand how changes in our climate and trade will affect these systems and our role as protectors.

Māori are the largest landowners in New Zealand and their involvement is vital for building a sustainable future for our agriculture and economy.

New Zealand’s growing international trade and tourism, and our changing climate, are all likely to increase the risks of new pests or diseases establishing here.

While biosecurity incursions are a threat to New Zealand agribusiness, they also threaten culturally significant native species and the ecosystems they support.

Māori solutions to biosecurity threats and incursions to taonga species (Patua riha rāwaho)

How do we incorporate mātauranga Māori with contemporary methods to improve pre border biosecurity risk assessment, surveillance of…

Myrtle Rust

Protecting New Zealand’s biological heritage via Māori-led preparedness that incorporates Māori innovation and knowledge with traditional science scholarship…

Interim Executive

Our Interim Executive members are: Glenice Paine (Chair), Dr Nick Waipara, Dr Amanda Black, Waitangi Wood, Alby Marsh,…

Whats new

The Project NZ feature a story on stink bugs
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9 March 2018 - Whats new

Watch Melanie Mark-Shadbolt talk to the Project NZ team about the impact the Brown marmorated stink bug would…

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug – Expert Q&A

6 March 2018 - Whats new

A Q&A, prepared by the Science Media Centre, on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug with biosecurity experts including…

Myrtle rust. Image - Louise Morin, CSIRO
Media Release: MPI's failure will cost us our forests

28 February 2018 - Whats new

Te Tira Whakamātaki, the Māori Biosecurity Network has criticised the Government in its failings to uphold its Treaty…

Māori biosecurity award winners: Te Tira Whakamātaki ( Māori Biosecurity Network).
New Zealand Biosecurity Awards 2017

2 August 2017 - Whats new

Congratulations to the Te Tira Whakamātaki ( Māori Biosecurity Network) team — winners of the Māori biosecurity award…

Video presentation
CrazyAmbitious Presentation

19 July 2017 - Whats new

This kōrero discusses network activities, research priorities and future plans, as well as engagement methods for working with…

Myrtle rust. Image - Louise Morin, CSIRO
Māori scientists lead effort to combat plant pathogen

4 April 2017 - Whats new

The recent finding of myrtle rust on Raoul Island pōhutukawa trees marks a significant and very sad milestone…

Melanie Mark-Shadbolt and Amanda Black with the Dave Galloway Award.
Innovation Award for Māori Biosecurity Network Team

26 September 2016 - Whats new

Te Tira Whakamātaki has been awarded the inaugural Dave Galloway Innovation Award by the New Zealand Biosecurity Institute.…

Melanie Mark-Shadbolt
Social licence workshop

11 July 2016 - Whats new

Social licence to operate is an important issue for scientists in the biological heritage area. Think 1080, sprays to…