Meola Reef Te Tokoroa
Meola Reef is central to open spaces including Seddon Fields, Jaggers Bush Reserve, Auckland Zoo and Western Springs.
We take inspiration from the Te Aranga Māori Design Values and Principles. This helps us to connect with and deepen our collective appreciation through ‘sense of place’. We develop ‘place-based' applications using strategic foundations for local context. Our vision includes enhancing the biodiversity of Meola Reef and creating a habitat for the native wildlife, better connecting people to the coast. Te Tokoroa is a place:
- Highly-valued for its undeveloped ‘wild’ nature,
- Where ecological values are maintained and enhanced,
- Which is a destination park, enjoyed all recreational users.
As the population of Auckland grows and design becomes more critical with intensive development, it changes our places to live, work and play. Such careful programme design is used as a positive tool aiding this development to help us achieve great places recognisable as uniquely Auckland.
Ma te kōrero ka mōhio
Ma te mōhio ka mārama
Ma te mārama ka mātau
Ma te mātau ka ora ai tātou
Through discussion comes awareness
Through awareness comes understanding
Through understanding comes wisdom
Through wisdom comes wellbeing for all
Mana Whenua of Tāmaki Makaurau;
Ngati Whatua, Te Kawerau a Maki, Te Waiohua, Ngati Paoa, Waikato, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, Ngaati Whanaunga, Te Ākitai Waiohua, Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Māru, a, Ngāti Tamaoho and Te Ahiwaru.
Waitemata schools district (Te Kāhui Ako o Waitemata);
Western Springs College
Point Chevalier School
Pasadena Intermediate School
Grey Lynn School
Newton Central School
Freeman’s Bay School
Richmond Road School
Ponsonby Primary School
Ponsonby Intermediate School
Potential school stakeholders
Gladstone Primary School
Mount Albert Primary School
St Francis Catholic Primary School
Mt Albert Grammar School MAGS (Lyon Ave site owner)
Key community stakeholders
Auckland Council Healthy Waters / WaiCare / Watercare Services limited
Albert-Eden, Waitemata and Puketapapa local boards,
St. Lukes Environmental Protection Society (STEPS)
Weona Walkway / Waiateao Community Group
Manukau Harbour Restoration Society
Kura Kaupapa o nga Maungarongo
Chamberlain Park Golf Course
Social Nature Movement supports explorers on Meola Reef Te Tokoroa navigating their way through the waves of their transformational journey because as John A. Shedd said: “A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are built for”. Though we are all different and from individual positions, Social Nature Movement endeavors to reach collaborative destinations. We give opportunities to the community by contributing to better societies through Meola Reef Te Tokoroa.
Let us reconnect you with ancient ancestral wisdom using Meola Reef Te Tokoroa. We retune you with your environment and each other serving common goals. Everyone is enriched through our te reo Māori exposure and exploration of the compelling Tāmaki Makaurau history. We preserve the intrinsic balance of life for all living beings and kaupapa making reference to both deities Ranginui when you breathe his air and Papatuanuku when you walk her soils.
Meola Reef Reserve Te Tokaroa forms part of a network of open spaces and complementary facilities that include Seddon Fields and Jaggers Bush Reserve, the Auckland Zoo, Western Springs, Western Springs Stadium, Pasadena Intermediate School and Western Springs College. The reserve is significant locally for its sense of wild nature and as a reserve for passive recreation, off-leash dog areas, coastal ecology and physical and visual links with the Waitematā Harbour and wider landscape.
Meola Reef Te Tokoroa education approach and theory of improvement
We act as a Meola Reef Te Tokoroa Waitemata facilitator helping action common goals by:
Assisting in new Learning Environments,
Personalising learning and encouraging inquiry,
Providing well-balanced positive learning environments,
Supporting respectful relationships,
Implementing programmes for all achievers,
Lifting agency, engagement and mastery,
Making seamless services incorporating learning needs,
Strengthening te reo Māori history.
How we will do this using Meola Reef Te Tokoroa
Share collaborative inquiry models to improve practices,
Māori World Views and Involvement,
Taking Control of Learning,
Focus on current issues like mental health through adventure therapy,
Applying learning subjects to field excursions.
Incorporating Core Māori Values
Kaitiakitanga: managing and conserving environments as part of a reciprocal relationship
Manaakitanga: the ethic of holistic hospitality and inherited obligations to be the best hosts
Wairuatanga: the immutable spiritual connection between people and their environments
Kotahitanga: unity, cohesion and collaboration
Whanaungatanga: relationships through shared experiences providing people with a sense of belonging
Mātauranga: Māori / mana whenua knowledge and understanding
The natural environment is protected, restored and enhanced
Re-establishment of local biodiversity
Creating and connecting ecological corridors
Planting of appropriate indigenous flora and strategies to encourage native planting
Establishment and management of traditional food and cultural resource areas allowing for active kaitiakitanga
Environmental health is protected, maintained and enhanced
Restoration and planting of waterways
Contaminated areas of soil are remediated
Iwi/hapū narratives are captured and expressed creatively and appropriately
Consult Mana whenua to translate iwi/hapū cultural narratives into the service
Shared landscapes are created to reflect local identity and contribute to sense of place
Mana whenua significant sites and cultural landmarks are acknowledged
Allows visual connection to significant sites
Wider cultural landmarks and associated narratives able to inform spatial orientation
Linked up / Connected thinking
• Work with Closed Landfills team and Healthy Waters team on addressing
the ecological and safety issues with the site
• Include the Closed Landfills team in the draft plan presentation Tohu - The wider cultural landscape
• Provide for and enhance views of maunga
• Profile, communicate and educate on the importance of the Te Tokaroa / Meola Reef geological lava flow to enable the geological, natural and mana whenua history to become the starting point for engaging with the site
• Acknowledge the landfill and provide opportunity to mourn over the history of the treatment of the site
• Remediate and curb further degradation of the site Taiao - The natural environment
• Extend and enhance salt marsh habitat e.g. ureure / glasswort
• Extend and enhance coastal forest ecology
• Provide for indigenous grasses and sedges
• Protect ecology – birds and dogs don’t mix Whakapapa - Names & naming
• Recognise and celebrate
Maintain the sense of remoteness and ‘wild nature’ of Meola Reef Reserve Te Tokaroa.
Increase overall biodiversity values of the Meola Reef Reserve Te Tokaroa by expanding the extent and diversity of saltmarsh communities and the coastal broadleaf forest.
What we will do with Meola Reef Te Tokoroa
Mahurehure Marae allows us to extend the Meola Reef projects to holidays and weekends for you and family or friends while staying overnight at the Marae.
What we offer
Weekends (single or double days)
One-day trips (anytime)
Two-day overnight stay (anytime)
School Holiday Programme Activities
School Day 9:00 - 15:00
Ki uta ki tai / Mountain-to-Sea path (Ridge to Reef) $59
Meola Reef Te Tokoroa $69
Meola Reef Te Tokoroa Creek SuP (Zoo via Motions Creek to Marae via Meola Creek) $79
Ki uta ki tai / Mountain-to-Sea path (Ridge to Reef), overnight stay at Mahurehure Marae and Meola Reef Te Tokoroa $199
Getting to Meola Reef
We work mostly with local schools who all walk from school to the reek. We also work with the local community; 50% of whom walk or cycle to the park. Our willingness to work with those further afield requires a commitment to embrace more human-powered movement to the park; like cycling.
History of Meola Reef Te Tokoroa
Meola Reef Reserve Te Tokaroa has a rich, multi-layered history that can be understood as four distinct phases of development and change - geological, Māori, colonial and the more recent post-landfill history.
The name ‘Meola’ supposedly comes from a glacier in India where Allan Kerr Taylor was born and lived until the age of eight. The Kerr Taylor family lived in Mount Albert near the source of Meola Creek in the historic Alberton House. Te Tokoroa is ‘toka’ meaning ‘rock’ and ‘roa’ meaning ‘long’. The place where the waters of Waititiko/Meola Creek (“water of the periwinkles”) and Waiorea/Motions Creek (“waters of the eel”) meet is known as Te Hononga o Ngā Wai, meaning the joining of waters.
Geology of Meola Reef Te Tokoroa
The irregular coastline, deep bays and broad sinuous estuaries of the Waitematā Harbour are typical of a drowned river system.
The sea level was lower at the time of the eruptions than it is today and the lava flowed into forested river valleys. As it cooled, the molten lava contracted and formed into sets of vertical and hexagonal joints of basalt, creating the substrate for Meola Reef. As the sea level rose at the end of the last ice age, the hard surface of the lava flow would have supported diverse marine biota. Over time the accumulation of soft sediments in sheltered parts of the reef allowed the colonisation by saltmarsh plants and mangroves, which offered significant habitat for a wide range of wildlife, particularly marine birds.
The land slopes up to a soft ridge and grassed plateau 12.5m above sea level which runs down the middle of the site, flattening off towards the north and meeting the underlying lava flow.
Meola Reef’s separation from neighbouring properties and land uses by water and Meola Road contributes significantly to the community perception of the reserve as a ‘wild’ area and a place to experience nature. Key values for residents are proximity to water, views out across the harbour, sense of space, low-key development, green space, ease of access to significant ecological systems.
Maori history of Meola Reef Te Tokoroa
A small 1840’s Māori settlement between what is now Johnstone and Oliver Roads overlooked Meola Reef. In 1861 the first pioneers settled in the area between Meola and Oakley Creeks and the few remaining Māori residents abandoned the area rapidly, leaving their canoes on the beach.
Te Tokaroa was also used as a land bridge. It was recognised as a challenging stretch of water to navigate and was a valuable mahinga kai site - for fishing, flax gathering and shellfish collecting. A pinnacle rock referred to on maps as Boat Rock and visible at low tide off Kauri Point is reffered to as Te Matā, the Flint Stone. Tribal tradition tells Te Matā serving as a boundary mark for hapū fisheries and a tapu ceremonial site. Te Matā was also the repository of tribal mauri, an enduring landform which withstands the ebb and flow of the tides.
Patupaiarehe (fairy people) lived in the darkness of Waitakere bush. One night – on the shores of the Waitemata Harbour – two opposing groups were doing battle. The weaker ones tried to escape by building a stone causeway”
"They laboured on unaware of the rising sun. The tree limbs sticking out of the lava flow of the reef, Te Toka Roa, are said to be the bones of the Patupaiarehe fairy people, petrified by the sun."
Colonial history of Meola Reef Te Tokoroa
Between 1859 – 1867 the area of land now known as Western Springs Park was converted into Auckland’s military rifle range.
The Auckland Harbour Board quarried this place from 1873.
Part of Meola Reef was gazetted in 1874 as a Lunatic Asylum Endowment Reserve and was leased to local farmers and used for quarrying.
The Dignan family in about 1902 sold their land at the northern tip of the Point Chevalier peninsula for use as an infectious diseases hospital.
The hospital never got used enough, so Auckland Council persuaded the Health Board to surrender this land in exchange for a part of the Domain, so we got Coyle Park!
In 1892 Councils began tipping rubbish and other controversial disposals including dead zoo animals and medical waste just off Jagger’s Bush but all ended in 1976.
Many other suggestions since 1953 for Meola Reef have included:
Livestock holding paddocks,
National road safety training park,
Sports playing fields,
Boat building yard and landing ramp,
Second harbour crossing bridge.
Recent history of Meola Reef Te Tokoroa
In 1892 Grey Lynn Borough Council began tipping rubbish into gullies just off Garnet Road in what is now Jaggers Bush.
In 1983 it was decided to graze much of the reef, grazing continued on the reserve until 2000.
A reserve management plan for Meola Reef and several nearby park spaces in the Western Springs area was completed in 2002. Of particular note was the recognition by Te Hao o Ngāti Whātua that Te Tokoroa had special issues relating to its former use and development as a landfill site, that the land had been neglected and wounded, and that there was an obligation to rehabilitate the site and restore the mauri to the whole of the area. During that period there was also increased interest in Meola Reef Reserve Te Tokaroa becoming an inner city sanctuary for birds.
Ki uta ki tai / Mountain-to-Sea path (Ridge to Reef)
Reserve management plans for Meola Reef Te Tokoroa and nearby parks was completed in 2002. Te Hao o Ngāti Whātua recognized that Te Tokoroa had former issues as a landfill, land had been neglected, wounded and the duty to rehabilitate the site restoring the mauri to the whole area.
We address changes of Meola Reef Te Tokoroa with key community stakeholders. Currently we are members of St. Luke’s Environmental Protection Society (STEPS) and the Manukau Harbour Restoration Society. As part of our environmental responsibility, we dedicate funds from our engagements towards these two societies. We also work with other community stakeholders like the Auckland Council Healthy Waters / WaiCare / Watercare Services ltd. This allows us to focus more on the precious waterways and have you undertaking earth science projects.
Part of the environmental projects has seen the success of the below pathway and concept. We would like to take you both on the Meola Reef Te Tokoroa itself but also the ‘Ridge to Reef’ walkway. What’s more, there are plenty of opportunities to ‘re-wild’ the walkway and surrounds.
The Meola Reef Reserve Te Tokaroa is scheduled as a terrestrial Significant Ecological Area (SEA) under the Auckland Unitary Plan, Operative in Part (AUP:OP), meeting two criteria: threat status, rarity and stepping stones, migration pathways and buffers. Meola Reef Reserve Te Tokaroa is boarded by four marine SEAs, two of which are listed as significant wading bird habitat. Te Tokoroa Reef system provides a range of habitats and flora and fauna which is unique both within the Waitematā Harbour and throughout New Zealand, and nationally recognised as a rare ecosystem type. The hard surface presented by the lava flow is unusual within the Waitematā Harbour and the diverse marine biota it supports, particularly sponges and bryozoans, is correspondingly unusual. The reef and tidal mudflats, also to the north of the reserve, is a significant area for wading birds. There are extensive salt marshes and mangrove communities associated with the reef and creeks to the east and west of the reserve.
Fauna - Birds, insects and reptiles
Birds | Avifauna
Areas surrounding Meola Reef Reserve Te Tokaroa are noted for their value as feeding, roosting, and breeding habitat for coastal and wading birds. Species observed in the saline vegetation and along the reef are white-faced heron, welcome swallow, South Island pied oystercatcher and pied stilt, with the Australasian harrier hawk, and starling observed above the grassland. Blackbirds are present;i n 2012, 11 species were recorded. Two New Zealand dotterels pairs were observed. Further investigation is recommended to assess the current value of the site as dotterel breeding grounds.
The riparian margins and the northern end of the reserve are dedicated to the maintenance and enhancement of the ecological values of the site and surrounding environs. The riparian corridors along Meola and Motions creeks are planted to increase their width and effectiveness as a wildlife corridor. Careful consideration is given to the edge of this planting to ensure sightlines are maintained for the primary path network. The northern end of the reserve is fenced off to create a no dog area for birds and other wildlife, picnic areas and to allow for the long term colonisation of saline vegetation of the area. Large areas of the northern headland are bound by an extensive boardwalk and viewing platforms which also forms the extent of the area accessible to people and helps to protect sensitive ecological areas. It is important to note that all planting on Meola Reef carefully considers the challenges and constraints associated with the cap and cover.
Designing for birds
• Expanding the extent and diversity of saltmarsh communities and the coastal broadleaf forest
• Developing strategies for planting and establishing vegetation cover that does not compromise the integrity of the landfill cap
Resilience and adaptation
- Ensure that Meola Reef Reserve Te Tokaroa is prepared for changes in climate and sea level rise by designing strategies that allow for the ongoing adaptation of the site ecology and the use of the reserve.
- Using platforms such as New Zealand eBird. Engagement and stewardship through our ecological restoration initiatives and ongoing monitoring and maintenance.
Lizards | Herpetofauna
All native herpetofauna or lizard species are protected under the Wildlife Act 1953 and it is an offence to disturb or kill native lizards without a Wildlife Act Authority issued by the Department of Conservation. The habitat currently present at Meola Reef Reserve has the potential to support a range of lizard species. Rank grass is a preferred habitat type for copper and ornate skinks and the site may potentially support abundant populations of these species (EcoGecko, 2017). As a coastal site, it is also possible that moko or shore skinks may be present (EcoGecko, 2017). Forest and elegant geckos have occasionally been recorded within mangrove habitat and these species may be present within coastal vegetation. Clearance or disturbance of rank grassland, thick vegetation, and leaf litter or other ground cover may result in a loss of habitat or direct injury to lizards.
Climate change impacts
Large low-lying areas along the northern edge of the park will become increasingly inundated overtime and shift from a freshwater coastal environment toward a saline environment.
There is an opportunity to increase overall biodiversity values of the Meola Reef Reserve by expanding the extent and diversity of saltmarsh communities and the coastal broadleaf forest.
All of the proposed vegetation is intended to maintain and enhance the existing biodiversity of the site and to create habitat for native wildlife (insects, reptiles and birds). The five plant communities are saltmarsh, coastal broadleaf forest, bioretention, rank grass and parkland trees. It is anticipated that planting will be delivered through various means, including but not limited to, local board investment, local improvement projects, and community / volunteer groups etc.
• Plant species with shallow root systems
• Build up the thickness of the landfill cover by adding and/or combining material such as topsoil and/or rock armament to the existing cover.
Herbaceous and shrubby plants associated with salt marshes and bioretention typically have shallower root systems than trees and should only require limited additional cover material. Where larger tree species are desired, it is highly recommended that the landfill cover is built up to allow for deeper rooting plants. In some cases, it may be appropriate and desirable to line the ground with a geotextile or root barrier and mound soil to prepare the ground.
Monitoring of all planting should be maintained to ensure that any problems regarding the health of the plantings is identified and remedied as early as possible.
Enrich and extend existing salt marsh vegetation on basaltic lava field and extend habitat along coastal edge and into low lying areas of the reserve as sea levels rise and new ecological niches emerge. Rock armament and topsoil should be added and combined with the existing surface to create appropriate habitat for plants as required. Some species such as glasswort (Sarcocornaria quinqueflora) and remuremu (Selliera radicans) will establish naturally and do not need to be planted while other species may be suitable for restoration but will likely need to be planted. These include but are not limited to oioi (Apodasmia similis), sea rush (Juncus krausii var. australiensis), needle grass (Austrostipa stipoides), saltmarsh ribbonwood (Plagianthius divaricatus), and pohuehue (Muehlenbeckia complexa).
Low lying areas prone to ponding and overland flow paths are planted with a mix of water tolerant plants. While there is not necessarily a need to build up the thickness of the landfill cover to prevent roots penetrating the landfill, it may be desirable to line the surface with a low permeability material such as clay to reduce the amount of water infiltrating into the landfill. Typical planting species should include spreading swamp sedge (Carex lessoniana), oioi (Apodasmia similis) hebe (Hebe speciosa), wiwi (Ficinia nodosa), and harakeke (Phormium tenax).
Coastal broadleaf forest
Typical species in the first generation of planting include but are not limited to large fruit karamu* (Coprosma macrocarpa subsp. minor), taupata (Coprosma repens), kanuka (Kunzea robusta), manuka* (Leptospermum scoparium var. scoparium), wharangi (Melicope ternata), mahoe (Melicytus ramiflorus), ngaio (Myoporum laetum), mapou* (Myrsine australis), kawakawa (Piper excelsum subsp. excelsum), and houpara* (Pseudopanax lessonii). The second generation of enrichment planting could include pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa), tanekaha (Phyllocladus trichomanoides), pukanui (Meryta sinclairii), tawapou (Planchonella costata), and kowhai (Sophora chathamica).
Typical species include pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa), tanekaha (Phyllocladus trichomanoides), tawapou (Planchonella costata), and kowhai (Sophora chathamica).
There is an opportunity to expand saltmarsh communities on the landward edge of the reserve, in conjunction with management of the edge of the landfill and other low-lying areas. Saltmarsh communities are a type of wetland occupying the intertidal to supratidal zone and inland, just above mean high water tide. Herb fields usually develop on rocky outcrops subjected to salt spray and coastal winds.
A unique opportunity for experimental trials to be conducted to inform restoration work elsewhere in Auckland.
Coastal broadleaf forest
There is an opportunity to increase extent and diversity of existing coastal vegetation and riparian corridor for roosting and feeding resource for native lizards and birds along the perimeter of the reserve.
Initial plantings include hardy trees and shrubs that can cope with exposed conditions and provide suitable coloniser (or nurse) vegetation for forest trees that are unsuitable for planting directly into a bare site.
It is recommended that the width of the riparian corridor should be a minimum of 20 metres to reduce edge effects and the likelihood of weed infestation resulting in self-sustaining, low maintenance native vegetation.26
• Provide interpretation signage revealing and explaining the ecology of Meola Reef and the risks to that ecology of offleash dogs
• Develop strategies to adapt to the ongoing effects of climate change and sea level rise on the use and ecology of the reserve
• Ensure that any and all vegetation clearance considers the risk of disturbing habitat for birds and lizards
• Develop strategies for planting on site that will reduce and if possible, eliminate the risk of roots penetrating into refuse
• Continue weed management
• Further research the possible value of the Meola Reef as a dotterel breeding ground.
Protecting Meola Reef Te Tokoroa, Waitītiko Meola Creek and Te Wai Ōrea / Chamberlain Park
The information from sampling undertaken during the current monitoring period indicates that discharges from the site are stable.
Leachate at Meola Reef is primarily generated through the up-welling and through flow of groundwater from the underlying basalt aquifer. It is also generated when rainfall infiltrates the capping material and passes through the refuse.
Balancing areas for nature conservation identifies access to Meola and Motions Creek as key features to maintain, despite the known health risks associated with the poor water quality. The 'wild' natural character of the site is also intrinsically important as well as native vegetation and potential to improve water quality.
What we need to do is:
- maintain and enhance ecological values
- reveal, explain and celebrate the multi-layered history
Important outcomes include:
- controlling pest plants and animals
- maintaining the 'wild' character
- protecting sensitive ecological areas
Te Wai Ōrea / Western Springs and Chamberlain Park – with the underlying aquifer Te Tatua-a- Riukiuta and Waitītiko-Waiateao Creeks – form central Auckland’s volcanic heartland. Both are open green spaces good for human health and Albert-Eden Community. A rare aquatic moss (Fissidens berteroi) exisits at several locations along the creek. This volcanic aquifer (25sq/km) contains the largest volume of groundwater protected by Auckland Council. It has water availability of 9.6 million cubic meters per year. See above the Meola Aquifer – clear spring water at STEPS wetland on Meola Creek, Mt Albert. May 2017.
The Meola creek catchment has a total area of approximately 1555 hectares, accounting for approximately 10 per cent of the total isthmus area. The Motions catchment has a total area of 544 hectares and is largely piped with relatively short lengths of open water through Western Springs and channelised sections through the Auckland Zoo.
The State of Auckland Freshwater Report Cards provide a reference guide for the overall quality of the water for an area of the city across the criteria of water quality, flow patterns, nutrient cycling, habitat quality and biodiversity. The report card for the Albert-Eden Roskill area, which includes Meola Creek, received an overall grade of ‘E’, where A is the highest achievement and F is the lowest. It is understood that of the base flow of Meola Creek, approximately 30 per cent is ground water, 40 per cent is runoff and 30 per cent is combined sewer overflow. The report card for the Waitematā Local Board area, which includes Motions Creek received an overall grade of ‘D’.
There are a number of causes affecting the water quality in Meola and Motions creeks, in particular the storm-water runoff from impervious surfaces such as roads and carparks and the combined sewer outfalls.
Meola Creek – the largest Auckland isthmus catchment (15sq/km) – transports one million cubic meters of stormwater driven sewage, sediment and heavy metals reaching Waitemata Harbour every year; the most of any catchment in Auckland. Auckland Council’s SafeSwim program shows many beaches and waterways not suitable for swimming. Widely understood; clean water will become more and more valuable to New Zealanders and humanity.
We need to protect the aquifer, streams, lakes and wetlands while seeking benefits for the people of Auckland and the future. We take heart from New Zealand’s progress such as the Whanganui River being granted legal rights of a person: “Ko au te awa, Ko te awa ko au” meaning; I am the river, the river is me.
Preservation of Meola Reef Te Tokoroa
Auckland is one of many cities worldwide reassessing use of public land in an era of sustainability. Social Nature Movement embraces this sustainability for Meola Reef Te Tokoroa. The easiest and most engaging way to do this is in the Maori proverb: “He Tangata, He Tangata, He Tangata” (it is the people, the people, the people). Without people, change doesn't happen. The more people we can take to and engage with Meola Reef, the more value the reef has then the more protected it becomes. Because we live in such an urban environment and modern age, we should be protecting and preserving as much nature as we can. Open space in Albert Eden should remain as open space for future generations, not as impervious car parks and paths, concrete swimming pool or other buildings.
A cultural indicator is a marker or signpost showing change in state of health and well-being of resources of the specific environment or ecosystem of both Māori values and the wider system.
In 1998 A Māori advisory panel provided a concept and definition of a Māori environmental performance indicator:
“A Māori Environmental Performance Indicator (MEPI) is a tohu created and configured by Māori to gauge, measure or indicate change in an environmental locality”
Social Nature Movement leads communities toward setting environmental goals (defined by that community) so we can all understand the health and well-being of cultural resources.
Cultural indicators have local context and meaning developed from long-term relationships within specific places giving important meaning and relevance to whānau, marae, hapū, iwi, and kaitiaki communities to make them relevant and connected. This strengthens and preserves the reo (language) for a community around resources, species, customary use, and management of resources. This means local knowledge is specific and understood within a local context of interactions between tangata whenua and resources.
Social Nature Movement represents unique and rich Māori history, tikanga and language central the Waitemata identities. Meola Reef, Waitemata Harbour and its people ‘glisten’ because the knowledge represented is important to all stakeholders and has a special place within your local environment. Let us help you explore further and engage deeper by journeying along Meola Reef.
Preservation of Meola Reef Te Tokoroa
Buried shipwreck in Meola Reef
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