Te Aukaha

Nau Mai Haere Mai

Introducing Te Aukaha

“The lashing used for fastening the rauawa (top boards) to the hull of a waka ensuring its seaworthiness, representing the partnership between Māori, Government and Industry, and the collaboration of Te Ao Māori and Mātauranga Māori with mainstream science and technology.”

Te Aukaha is the Māori Agri-business Workstream of He Waka Eke Noa, connecting and bringing together Māori agri-business experts at a governance, technical and farming level.

He Waka Eke Noa: Primary Sector Climate Action Partnership is a partnership between Māori, primary industry and government working together to reduce Aotearoa’s agricultural emissions and build our resilience to climate change.

He Waka Eke Noa has a five year window to equip farmers and growers with the information, tools and support needed to reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change.

By 2025, our farmers and growers will have a framework to:

  • Measure, manage and reduce on-farm emissions
  • Recognise, maintain or increase integrated sequestration on farms
  • Adapt to a changing climate.

This is to enable sustainable food and fibre production for future generations, and competitiveness in international markets.

He Waka Eke Noa was born from discussions about how to achieve the best outcomes for Aotearoa and the food and fibre sector, while playing our part in global efforts to tackle climate change.

The Federation of Māori Authorities (FOMA)/Me Uru Kahikatea is the partner in He Waka Eke Noa that ensure a Maori perspective is integrated into its work programme. Drawing on our extensive network, FOMA has established Te Aukaha, the Māori Agri-business Workstream of He Waka Eke Noa, connecting and bringing together Māori agri-business experts at a governance, technical and farming level.

Te Aukaha is working together with the primary sector, government in partnership to:

  • Implement a framework to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and build the agriculture sector’s resilience to climate change.
  • Empower farmers and growers to measure, manage, and reduce on-farm emissions; recognise, maintain or increase integrated sequestration on farms; and adapt to a changing climate.

Te Aukaha will:

  • ensure Māori collective farmers have measured their baseline carbon profile (25% by 31 Dec 2021, 100% by 31 Dec 2022).
  • ensure Farm Environmental Plans are in place (25% by 1 Jan 2022, 100% by 1 Jan 2025) and being deployed, and
  • provide cohesion and add-value to the He Waka Eke Noa workstreams.

Farm planning

Guidance for greenhouse gases considers mitigation, sequestration, adaptation and adverse events, to help farmers and growers make decisions on-farm. Primary industry bodies are going to add the greenhouse gas guidance to farm plan templates.

Emissions reporting

We will make sure farmers can measure and calculate greenhouse gas emissions, with the goal of simple accounting and reporting.

On-farm sequestration

We’re researching how we can identify, measure, and incentivise on-farm carbon sequestration on each farm from sources not in the ETS.

Emissions pricing

We are designing a practical and fair emissions pricing mechanism as part of the framework.


We’re working with industry partners’ extension programmes, and New Zealand greenhouse gas experts, to get the latest advice and technologies into farmers’ and growers’ hands.

Te Aukaha will lead the communications and engagement programme with the Māori agri-business sector, ensuring Māori agribusiness sector and landowners have access to information and support to respond to environmental challenges and meet the He Waka Eke Noa milestones.

It will also ensure the Māori farmers, growers and landowners are aware, engaged and have theirs views reflected in solutions that lower environmental damage, and that a te Ao Māori perspective is integrated throughout the work programme.

You can visit our Document Library for more information.

Steps to get there


  • We will have developed guidance on managing greenhouse gas emissions and sequestration, through farm planning and best practice.

EARLY 2021

  • Industry partners can start to integrate greenhouse gas guidance into their farm plans.
  • Industry bodies and advisors will get guidance and information on on-farm measurement tools into the hands of farmers and growers.
  • Ongoing conversations and research on sequestration, reporting and pricing options.


  • A quarter of farmers and growers:
    • “know their numbers” which can include greenhouse gas emissions and sequestration.
    • have a written plan in place to measure and manage their greenhouse gas emissions.


  • Every farmer and grower knows their farm’s greenhouse gas numbers.

IN 2025

  • All farms have a written plan in place to measure and manage their greenhouse gas emissions.
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