Rangatahi Kaitiaki – our latest digital story

Marama Beamish, project co-ordinator at Te Toki Voyaging Trust, had a dream to create a rangatahi kaitiaki programme for her community around Umupuia Marae, close to Maraetai.

A G.I.F.T grant of $50,000 supported Te Toki Voyaging Trust to run such a project in early 2018. The aim was to empower Ngāi Tai rangatahi (young people) to engage with elders and Iwi leaders, Māori scientists and facilitators, waka experts and the wider community, in a four-day programme based on the water and land around the marae.

This pilot project connected the young people with their role as kaitaiki (guardians) and allowed them to better understand their natural environment, not just using Western science and technology, but also through matauranga Māori – in particular through their pepeha (ways of introducing yourself).

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Impact investment meets tree-planting – a New Zealand first

A $50,000 grant from Foundation North’s Gulf Innovation Fund Together (G.I.F.T) is being used to develop a business case for an Integrated Impact Bond to fund permanent native forest in New Zealand.

The aim is to identify whether impact investment (investment with an intention to generate a measurable and beneficial societal and/or environmental impact alongside a financial return) can be used to provide up-front capital for permanent forest planting, particularly on vulnerable, erosion-prone land and waterway margins throughout the Hauraki Gulf and New Zealand.

The G.I.F.T grant will enable Sam Lindsay, an impact investment consultant and Dr David Hall, Senior Policy Researcher at AUT and author of the Pure Advantage report ‘Our Forest Future’ to dedicate time towards shaping how this new funding mechanism would work, given that it would only be the second time in the world that such an instrument has been used.

Foundation North established the $5m Gulf Innovation Fund Together in 2016, with the aim of supporting innovative ways of restoring the mauri or life essence of the Hauraki Gulf. Sam Lindsay says the grant means that a robust proposal can now be worked up ready to present to various stakeholders, “At a government level, there is a lot of motivation to progress the concept, but neither the mechanism or channel to innovate at this early stage. If we can gather a better understanding on the concept execution and key benefits, we will have a much better chance of success”.

To support the business case, two potential pilot planting locations are being explored in the Hauraki Gulf with assistance from Auckland Council and Sustainable Coastlines, who will support the initiative by bringing together all the necessary community groups to manage and carry out each planting project.

Photo credit: Sustainable Coastlines


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