Joint Institute for Freshwater Management
NIWA and the University of Waikato have established Te Waiora, the Joint Institute for Freshwater Management, to use their combined research capabilities and facilities for world-class research and management outcomes and post graduate education.
Better management of complex freshwater processes through an interdisciplinary approach.
Te Waiora aims to foster and bring together the interdisciplinary capability of the University of Waikato and NIWA, with the knowledge and real-world experience of iwi and stakeholder partners.
Te Waiora undertakes research across a wide range of disciplines relevant to freshwater management to lift the quality of freshwater decision making and outcomes within New Zealand and internationally.
Te Waiora- Growing the Partnership
Iwi partnership and representation
A strong initial focus in developing Te Waiora has been to foster wider partnerships with river and lake iwi in the rohe of Waikato University. Iwi, although generally positive about the aims of Te Waiora, have been clear they want to be actively involved in its governance. They wanted to help provide oversight and direction in the operation of Te Waiora, rather than just be involved an advisory capacity. In response to this feedback, Te Waiora’s Joint Management Committee has agreed to incorporate three iwi representatives to join the current three NIWA and three University of Waikato representatives. One will be a representative of mana whenua (representing Tainui, the local iwi that hosts the university), one from Te Rōpū Manukura (the University’s Maori Council representing over 20 different iwi within the catchment area of the University) and one will represent mana wai (wider Maori perspectives and interests in water).
To provide a proper basis for this partnership, Tim Manukau (Deputy Director) has worked with local river and lake iwi to identify appropriate engagement principles and iwi’s priorities for freshwater management.