Taroi Rawiri

Taroi Rawiri

Taroi Rawiri, New Zealand

Ko Tainui te Waka, Ko Taupiri te Maunga, Ko Waikato te Awa, Ko Waikato te Iwi, Ko Te Awamarahi te Marae, Ko Taroi Rawiri toku ingoa. Kia ora im Taroi from Waikato Tainui, Im a masters student at the University of Waikato, completing a Masters in Geography focussing on River Restoration. Im also the Environmental Manager at Waahi Whaanui Trust

Presentation Title: Capacity building to enable indigenous communities to engage in River Restoration in the Waikato-Tainui rohe of the Waikato River, Aotearoa (New Zealand)

Waikato-Tainui is an iwi or tribe in New Zealand and they have recently engaged with their tribal members to collect River Restoration priorities for both the Waikato and Waipa Rivers. Building the Capacity of tribal members to engage in River Restoration emerged as one of the key priorities for the tribe. This presentation will highlight current approaches to build the capacity of tribal members to engage in the river restoration space including working on River Restoration Projects with collaborative partners (eg Lake Waahi Restoration Project), University Internships (Vacation placements at the Waikato Tainui College for Research and Development, Waikato Raupatu River Trust, Waahi Whaanui Trust etc), Scholarships, Primary and Secondary School Environmental Programs, Business Development Programs and General work placements; and we will also discuss future programs based on the recent aspirations of tribal members, including working towards integrating traditional indigenous knowledge into River Restoration practices.

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