Via 69 projects from late 2016 to 2022, key impacts emerging via GIFT supported mahi are shared below. We begin with six significant areas of contribution. Links to GIFT case studies and further information are provided.
01 Te Tiriti based marine protection
02 Mana Whenua action to restore mauri
03 Shellfish restoration
04 Education and advocacy
05 New knowledge
06 New technologies
Mana Whenua action to restore mauri
Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Waiora Ltd:
Developed a holistic delivery plan for Ngāi Tai taiao streams.
Pou Tāngata Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Community Development Trust:
Support for strategy implementation to increase capacity for te taiao regeneration (in progress).
Ngātiwai Trust Board:
To initiate Te Marae Moana o Ngātiwai to support and scale up hau kaaianga, hapū and marae te taiao regeneration activities (in progress).
Foundations laid to work with kaumātua and kuia to create a digital repository of Mātauranga Māori for Aotea/Great Barrier and prevention of marine waste dumping off the east coast of Aotea.
Te Toki Voyaging Trust:
Design and implementation of a rangatahi kaitiakitanga programme in conjunction with Umupuia Marae, incorporating waka, pepeha, Mātauranga Māori and Western science.
Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust:
Co-designing their 50-year road map to step change for the Iwi, including Ahu Moana kaupapa to uplift te mana o te wai me te mauri o te wai (in progress).
Indigenous to Earth – ngā uri o Papatūānuku me Ranginui:
Empowering Tāmaki Makaurau leaders with tools to restore mauri, incorporating traditional practices including maramataka, waka and wānanga facilitated by Māori.
HSB Consulting (Awhi Group):
Māori-led direct Wellington-based support across government and political parties to improve the mauri of the Hauraki Gulf, alongside Mana Whenua and communities (in progress).
Education and advocacy
BLAKE, NZ-Virtual Reality
GIFT funded BLAKE to develop virtual Hauraki Gulf content and deliver its marine education programme to 20,000+ school children across schools in Tāmaki Makaurau and Te Tai Tokerau annually. GIFT also funded resources for kura kaupapa and Māori immersion schools. Significant funding was leveraged for further virtual reality filming in diverse marine locations and for school based marine education.
Seasick – Saving the Hauraki Gulf
A seven-part web mini-series launching in April 2022 to highlight the environmental degradation of Tīkapa Moana Te Moananui-ā-Toi and propose solutions aligned with Mātauranga Māori. Evaluation of outcomes arising is occurring in 2023.
Young Ocean Explorers
The Young Ocean Explorers programme in schools is directly reducing plastics use and keeping schools cleaner. The recent 21-day challenge had 58,000 children engaging with content, including over 33,000 engaging with content from a Te Ao Māori perspective. There is evidence of increased interest in protecting the marine environment by students aged 5-13 years after the YOE experience. Students can also identify actions they can take as a result.
Sustainable Business Network (SBN)
SBN’s project leveraged its network of more than 500 organisations nationwide, and particularly those operating within the Gulf catchment. SBN’s education and advocacy has had direct and indirect impacts on the Gulf, including reducing the amount of litter flowing into the Gulf through the installation of litter traps, increasing awareness and action by businesses to reduce plastic pollution at source and establish take back waste schemes. SBN’s progression in national efforts for nature regeneration has also been strengthened.
Predator trap monitoring system, now commercially used.
Technologies with potential to scale
Riverwatch WAI NZ
A real time water monitoring device that sends data to the cloud.
Dave Kellian, Envirostrat
Bycatch free fishing trap.
Not Your Average Fish
Online platform connecting sustainably caught fish with buyers.
Ecomatters and Crave Global – Guardians of the Gulf and GiveChain
Online platforms to drive community/business engagement and action for the Gulf.
Sea cleaning water drone prototype developed and tested.
Craig Radford, University of Auckland
Detecting and monitoring illegal fishing activity through sound.