Te Kori a te Kō


Te Kori a te Kō is a name that is inspired by our past. It reaches back into our origin stories and gives voice to our special connection to the whenua (land) and moana (ocean).

Te Kori a te Kō gives specific reference to Rākaihautū, an early and important explorer of Aotearoa. It is said that Rākaihautū along with his Kō carved and sculpted our southern whenua and moana, including Akaroa, to provide sustenance for future generations, creating our tūrangawaewae.

It is from this deep and rich well of history that we look to the past to define our future by continuing the work of Rākaihautū to ensure a sustainable future.

Te Kore a te Kō - Introduction:

Ōnuku Rūnanga has taken the initiative and responsibility to lead the process of preparing our whānau and our community for the challenges ahead.

Over the next three years, we will collaborate with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Christchurch City Council, Environment Canterbury, and local community groups to develop a climate change adaptation plan for Akaroa Habour.

Group photo taken at our first Te Kori a te Kō wānanga 19th - 21 January 2024
Group photo taken at our first Te Kori a te Kō wānanga 19th - 21 January 2024

We want to prepare now early action saves on damage later, and helps us to be better equipped to face the changes ahead

Te Kore a te Kō - Climate Change Adaptation Our starting point:

In 2019 Ōnuku Rūnanga had their first wānanga to start the plan ning process to develop a Mahinga Kai Management Plan. In 2021, we identified that we had the opportunity to extend the purpose of this plan to integrate Climate Change.
We wanted this to be an example of a ki uta ki tai, mana whenua led, climate change adaptation and mitigation plan that centred on mahinga kai, and:

Integrate both top-down and bottom-up frameworks:

  • Be whānau focused
  • Be more about the journey than the plan
  • To consider adaptation at three scales, whānau – community and harbour.
  • To do the doing while we plan.

Climate Change Adaptation Our framework:

Kaitiakitanga – the ongoing safe-guarding of mauri within our
natural environment.

Mātauranga taiao – the more knowledgeable we have of our changing world and natural systems, the more we will be able to adapt.

Mitigation – reducing carbon emissions.

Adaptation – planning for the impacts of climate change.

“Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei.” For me & you, for your kids & mine & for all our descendants after that.


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