Co-innovation with mana whenua
The approach of the Adaptive variation of native biota project team is co-development with Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga to use genomics to build resilience in threatened taonga and declining mahinga kai species. Also to ensure that genomic data generated in the project for kōwaro (mudfish) and kēkēwai (crayfish) is responsive to the aspirations of local mana whenua. Two culturally significant locations have been selected for sampling kōwaro and kēkēwai to generate reference genomes, and a decision has been made to sample kēkēwai using traditional methods (tau kōura). In addition, to maximise transparency, a decision timeline for genome sequencing and resequencing for kōwaro and kēkēwai – including sample handling, sequencing technologies, sequencing facilities, data handling and data storage – has been co-developed with Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga.
We aim to characterise adaptive variation in a broad range of freshwater and terrestrial Aotearoa New Zealand biota…