March 24th 2021
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Kōrerorero is back in 2021, continuing conversations about the significant issues important to Aotearoa New Zealand and our global partners.

This session's theme is 'Sustainability in Aotearoa New Zealand through the lens of Māori values and culture'. How the world becomes more sustainable and its journey to achieve this is a global challenge affecting all countries and cultures.

However, how each country approaches sustainability can look quite different.


Māori are the tangata whenua (people of the land), the indigenous people, of Aotearoa New Zealand. The estimated Māori population is approximately 850,500 or 16.7% of the national population. Today, one in seven New Zealanders identify as Māori and one in five people speak te reo Māori (the Māori language). Te reo Māori is one of the official languages of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Māori history, language, traditions and approach to the environment are central to New Zealand’s identity and how it shapes its relationship with the environment now and into the future.


Aotearoa New Zealand is a progressive nation of creative people, challenging the status quo, delivering new solutions to problems and turning ideas into reality, while always caring for people, place and planet.

Aotearoa New Zealand’s story is grounded in our values. Values that define who we are, what we stand for and what we offer the world.

These important Māori concepts will help to give you a better understanding of how Aotearoa New Zealand strives for a thriving environment:

  • Kaitiakitanga (Guardianship): involves respect, protection and shelter of the environment and the preservation of traditional knowledge for the benefit of future generations.
  • Manaakitanga (Integrity): is found in acts of kindness, respect, humility and hospitality. Being a responsible host, caring for others, making people feel at home, treating others with respect, and caring for the environment are very important within Māori families and communities.
  • Whakawhanaungatanga (Ingenuity): reaches beyond actual whakapapa (genealogy) and includes relationships to people who, through shared experiences, feel and act as kin. Within this type of relationship, in receiving support from the group, there is a responsibility to provide reciprocal support.


Me hoki whakamuri, ki a anga whakamua – Look to the past in order to forge the future.

We are the guardians of the present and have a responsibility to protect the environment for future generations.

Join our kōrerorero to discover more about ‘Sustainability in Aotearoa New Zealand through the lens of Māori values and culture’. You can register below.


Dra. Pauline Harris

Dr. Pauline Harris

Senior lecturer/Pūkenga
Matua, Centre for
Science in Society/Pūtaiao
ki te Pāpori, Victoria
University of
Wellington/Te Whare
Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te
Ika a Māui.

Traci Houpapa

Traci Houpapa

Award-winning company
director and recognised
industry leader. A trusted
advisor to Māori,
Government, public and
private sector entities on
strategic and economic

Reece Moors

Reece Moors

Strategic Relationships
Manager for National
Science Challenge and
Science for Technological
Innovation programmes
at New Zealand’s
innovation agency,
Callaghan Innovation.

Dra. Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai


Dr. Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai

Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Māori, University of


Join the conversation! Find out more about Aotearoa New Zealand’s approach to sustainability, grounded in Māori values and culture. How can this contribute to the global opportunities and challenges we all share as we strive for a more sustainable world?

The session will take place in English, with simultaneous interpretation to Spanish and Portuguese.
All attendees will receive a certificate of participation after the event.


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