Landscape change as a platform for environmental and social healing

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Wilkinson C
Macfarlane AH
McConchie C
Payne M
Holmes H
Mohi R
Hikuroa, Daniel
Hughes, Matthew W.

Aotearoa New Zealand is characterised by dynamic landscapes. Major landscape-altering events, such as earthquakes, floods, landslides and tsunami, have deeply influenced the relationships that many Māori, the Indigenous peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand, have with their ancestral landscapes. This work documents perspectives of landscape change from five Māori individuals from various iwi (tribes) and hapū (kin groups) around Aotearoa New Zealand, who have strong ties with their tūrangawaewae (place of connection). In exercising the Māori principle of whanaungatanga, we conducted semi-structured interviews following a general inductive approach over a series of meetings. This research indicates that no matter the cause of a landscape-altering event, connections, sustainability, reciprocity and adaptability are core values to uphold. These values can be used to guide human activity and involvement pertaining to responding to the event days, months and years after. This work also indicates that altered landscapes have a natural way of healing themselves through time, and that people play an important role in defining landscape change and recovery following landscape-altering events.

Wilkinson C, Macfarlane AH, Hikuroa DCH, McConchie C, Payne M, Holmes H, Mohi R, Hughes MW (2021). Landscape change as a platform for environmental and social healing. Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online. 1-26.
Mātauranga Māori, geomorphology, landscape evolution, indigenous knowledge, healing
Ngā upoko tukutuku/Māori subject headings
Nga Upoko Tukutuku / Maori Subject Headings::Taiao | Ao nui; Environment; History, Natural; Natural history; Nature; World::Aituā (Taiao) | Disasters, Environmental; Disasters, Natural; Environmental disasters; Natural disasters
Nga Upoko Tukutuku / Maori Subject Headings::Tikanga tuku iho | Values::Kaitiakitanga | Conservation of natural resources; Customary rights; Land stewardship; Rights, Customary; Stewardship, Land
Nga Upoko Tukutuku / Maori Subject Headings::Mātauranga | Education::Rangahau | Research::Rangahau Māori | Whakatupu mātauranga; Research, Māori::Anga | Frameworks, Theoretical; Theoretical frameworks
ANZSRC fields of research
Fields of Research::45 - Indigenous studies::4509 - Ngā mātauranga taiao o te Māori (Māori environmental knowledges)::450904 - Ngā mātauranga taiao o te Māori (Māori environmental knowledges)
Fields of Research::45 - Indigenous studies::4507 - Te ahurea, reo me te hītori o te Māori (Māori culture, language and history)::450711 - Te whenua, ahurea me te tuakiri o te Māori (Māori land, culture and identity)
Fields of Research::37 - Earth sciences::3709 - Physical geography and environmental geoscience::370901 - Geomorphology and earth surface processes
Fields of Research::37 - Earth sciences::3709 - Physical geography and environmental geoscience::370903 - Natural hazards
Fields of Research::41 - Environmental sciences::4104 - Environmental management::410405 - Environmental rehabilitation and restoration
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