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Te Haumihi
by Ngati Kuri Trust Board (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
Ngāti Kuri is leading the facilitation and coordination of ongoing conversations and connections for Taiātea across our Pacific Island collaborative. We are an iwi descended from the founding peoples of the northernmost peninsula of Aotearoa (New Zealand). We have vast areas of ocean and land under our guardianship. This includes the future ‘Rangitāhua/Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary’ that will protect up to 620,000km2, and large areas of land, with environmental, cultural and spiritual significance. We want to make the proposed Sanctuary much larger therefore are committing appropriately 900,000km2, of land and Ocean. Our contribution means that we will commit to over 2/3rd of our traditional lands and ocean into Sanctuary as our gift to the world to contribute to the well-being our planet.
We are partnering to achieve community resilience, shared prosperity and self-determination. We hope to engage and share this with as many people, organisation and governments, who share our aspirations and dreams for our oceans. As indigenous leaders we believe that our knowledge will be able to shift mindsets and create new perspectives enabling solutions for Ocean well-being, we will help take this planet the next level of change for the better. We have a strong alignment to Oceans 2030 and aim to inspire as many islands and nations to amplify their voices to protect and restore the balance of our oceans.
Please see these links below to Taiātea and Ngāti Kuri’s Story.


Ngati Kuri is a Tribal Organisation we had treaty settlement in 2014
Progress reports
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Coastal carbon sinks/blue carbon
  • Terrestrial carbon sinks
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • No take marine protected area
  • Marine protected area with partial protection
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
Develop a Indigenous Framework for Research and implement a framework for marine conservation that empowers our indigenous leaders and values traditional knowledge systems
Support the passage of the Kermadec/Rangitāhua Ocean Sanctuary (620,000km2), an area of pristine marine biodiversity. expand to 900,000M@
ï‚·Develop relationships with other Pacific partners working in this space (e.g. Conservation International, other indigenous leader groups, LMMA in Fiji, SPREP, Pacific Roundtable for Nature Conservation, Pacific Islands Marine Protected Areas Community - June 2020
Build the ocean voice collaborative our membership and finalise our Strategic objectives
In-kind contribution
Programme Manager
Basic information
Time-frame: 23/03/2019 - 30/06/2020
Ngati Kuri Trust Board (Non-governmental organization), WWF - New Zealand (Non-governmental organization) Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy (Non-governmental organization) Pacific partners through “Taiatea, Gathering of the Oceans” (Civil society organization, Non-governmental organization, Partnership), Te Ohu Kaimona - Our Maori Own Fishing industry Work closely with NZ Government and fishing industry partners in NZ.
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Sheridan Waitai , Ms, waitangi262@gmail.com , 0272931517
Ngataki, Far North, New Zealand
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