Naumai mai haere mai – introducing Te Aukaha
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.
It 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, the Māori Workstream of He Waka Eke
- 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.
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.