Community Case Studies Research Report : Tairāwhiti Climate Adaptation Planning Project

By: Te Weu Charitable Trust in cooperation with the Gisborne District Council
Published: 2024-05-13

Extreme weather events have become more frequent with climate change. The East Coast has been particularly hard hit in recent years. In early 2023 the Gisborne District Council commissioned Te…

Climate Change Community & Place Community Development Emergency & Disaster Environment

Regenerative Communities Pilot Report

By: Flourish Kia Puāwai
Published: 2024-04-29

This report tells the story of a project to explore using a regenerative approach to community-building. The pilot aimed to both learn and practice how to undertake regeneration with and…

Community Development Environment

Foodshed and Food System Analysis – Buller District

By: Dr Niki Bould, as lead researcher
Published: 2024-03-28

The Foodshed and Food System Analysis for the Buller district is part of a Local Food Economyinitiative. In providing insights into the foodshed and food system, KNECT (the local community…

Community & Place Food Security

Evaluation Toolkit

By: The Learning Environment
Published: 2023-09-01

This Evaluation Toolkit provides guidance and tools to enable a cohesive approach to measuring impact across our organisation and within the community. The toolkit informs our Annual Impact Story which…


Building a freshwater monitoring toolkit to give effect to Ngaa Rauru values

By: Petar Druskovich, Andrew Rees, Billy Van Uitregt
Published: 2023-08-21

As Māori around the motu continue to assert the mana motuhake in freshwater management, many are developing bespoke freshwater monitoring approaches that represent their own values for freshwater. Here, we…


Theorising Māori Health and Wellbeing in a Whakapapa Paradigm: Voices from the Margins

By: Christine Elers
Published: 2023-07-20

This thesis explores communication infrastructures at the margins of Indigeneity to understand Māori health and wellbeing meanings, challenges, strategies and solutions, articulated by whānau whose voices have been ignored, or…


Mātauranga Māui and Mōkū Te Ao: An exploration of how NZEI Te Riu Roa member leaders’ perspectives on climate activism align with the union’s philosophy of Mōkū Te Ao

By: Conor Twyford
Published: 2022-09-06

The philosophy of Mōkū Te Ao challenges the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) Te Riu Roa, Aotearoa to centre tamariki Māori (Māori children) in its work. In recent years, NZEI…

Climate Activism Māori

Understanding sustainable behavioural change in Taranaki

By: Alexandra Vernal, Jamie Silk
Published: 2022-06-15

With funding from TOI Foundation, Sustainable Taranaki engaged in a 3-year research project to gain a deeper understanding of what drives sustainable behaviour change in our community and how to…


An Analysis of Needs and Opportunities to Inform a Sustainable Food Strategy for the Kaipātiki Project

By: Kaipātiki Project Incorporated and The University of Auckland
Published: 2022-01-21

Colleagues from the Kaipātiki Project and The University of Auckland partnered on a project to capture the experiences of stakeholders to help identify the people in the local community who…

Community Development Environment Food Security Sustainability

Methodological sensitivities for co‐producing knowledge through enduring trustful partnerships

By: Alison Greenaway, Holden Hohaia, Erena Le Heron, Richard Le Heron, Andrea Grant, Gradon Diprose, Nicholas Kirk, and Will Allen
Published: 2021-11-19

Indigenous ways of caring for the environment have long been marginalised through research methodologies that are blind to a range of ways of knowing the world. Co-production of knowledge across…

Advocacy Environment Indigenous Partnerships Research & Evaluation Te Tiriti O Waitangi

Being manuhiri

By: Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
Published: 2021-11-11

Several favourite walking, tramping, cycling, kayaking, and boating spots in Aotearoa NZ are now co-managed by Māori organisations and government agencies. These co-governance and co-management arrangements have been put in…

Advocacy Environment Sport & Recreation Te Tiriti O Waitangi

Enabling narratives for Aotearoa New Zealand

By: Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge
Published: 2021-11-11

Storytelling, as spoken or written narratives, is an effective way to convey complex or abstract ideas. We have developed narratives about different ways of achieving EBM. They are based on…

Environment Māori Sustainability

‘Waiheke is a community, not a commodity’: Stakeholder perspectives on future Waiheke tourism

By: Project Forever Waiheke
Published: 2021-09-10

This comprehensive mixed-method research, undertaken from December 2020 to July 2021, comprised: • A survey of visitor satisfaction relating to Waiheke visits (n=991) • A survey of Waiheke residents’ perspectives…


I just want to be myself: Rethinking Pacific climate change adaptation

By: Janie Walker
Published: 2020-12-01

After completing nine months cross-context research in Eastern Fiji, I wrote my Master’s thesis to answer this question: To what extent do local concerns, with regard to climate change, inform…

Action Research Climate Change

The Shared Path: People, not cars, at the heart of communities

By: Holly Walker
Published: 2020-11-11

The transport sector accounts for almost a quarter of our total climate emissions, and more than half of these come from private vehicles. New Zealand has committed to reaching net-zero…

Community & Place Environment

Assessing The Impact Of Industrial And Hazardous Waste On Human Populations

By: Patrick Gichuru
Published: 2020-11-05

It is evident that the industrialization era has been characterized by high industrial and hazardous waste which has had adverse impacts on the human populations. It is also essential to…

Research & Evaluation

Recycling of Beverage Containers in New Zealand: Critical Analysis of Existing Status and Proposed Best Practices

By: Omisakin Olufemi and Jyoti, R.
Published: 2019-09-27

Environment conservation is one of the primary concerns of most countries in the modern world because of the continuous increase in environmental degradation and the resulting pollution. Environmental pollution has…

Community Development Environment

Community-led initiatives for climate adaptation and mitigation

By: Katy Simon, Gradon Diprose, & Amanda Thomas
Published: 2019-08-18

Planning for climate change is complex. There is some uncertainty about how quickly the climate will change and what the anticipated localised effects will be. There are also governance questions,…

Climate Change Community Development

Local Authorities and Community Engagement on Climate Change Adaptation

By: Jule Barth, Sophie Bond, & Nicolle Vincent
Published: 2019-05-31

This report explores how regional and territorial authorities in Aotearoa New Zealand currently understand their role in climate adaptation, to what extent they are currently fulfilling that role, and how…

Climate Change Community Development

“Sustainable transportation strategies for meeting the Paris Climate Agreement – a case study of Wellington, New Zealand”

By: Rehan Shaikh
Published: 2019-05-12

New Zealand’s road transport produces more than 40% of total CO2 emissions. To meet the Paris Climate Agreement will require a transport system based on zero-carbon energy resources. Many transport…

Community Development Environment

The Role of Innovation in Getting to Carbon Zero

By: Kathy Errington
Published: 2019-03-01

What place is there for next generation energy such as ‘green hydrogen’? Aotearoa New Zealand needs to look at innovative ways to decrease carbon emissions. This includes increasing our renewable…

Climate Change Environment

New Lynn Bike Hub Impact Evaluation

By: Lissy Fehnker
Published: 2018-11-30

This report is an impact evaluation of the EcoMatters’ New Lynn bike hub. The report aims to better understand the extent of progress made in the one year of operation…

Community Development Environment

Anagotus fairburni Monitoring Orua Wairua

By: Blumine Island Team 2018
Published: 2018-05-12

6 years ago, 74 flax weevils (Anagotus fairburni) and 100 Cook Strait giant weta (Deinacrida rugosa) were translocated from Maud Island and released over 2 sites across Oruawairua. One site…

Environment Research & Evaluation Science

“Changing the way we care”

By: Di Te Tau
Published: 2017-10-18

This study is interested in the findings of interviews with women, services and individuals who experienced intensive social work support in their community of Counties Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand, while…

People and Society

Population Change and Its Implications: Southland

By: Trudie Cain, Robin Peace, Paul Spoonley, Paula Pereda, Pippa Vague and Chris Howard Massey University
Published: 2017-02-15

This report has presented the results of three research projects carried out in the wider Southland region: interviews with household members about population change; a survey of employers in the…

Community Development Economics & Finances Environment
Ethnicity and Diversity

Young people from refugee backgrounds as a resource for disaster risk reduction

By: J Marlowe, R Bogen
Published: 2015-07-01

Young people from refugee backgrounds represent an important resource for disaster risk reduction within their respective communities. This paper presents a qualitative study with young people from refugee backgrounds and…

Emergency & Disaster Migrants and Former Refugees
People and Society

From stories to action: The policy implications of the NCWNZ Women’s Voices project

By: Gordon, L.; Du Plessis, R.; Sutherland, J.; and Gibson, H.
Published: 2015-06-30

This report highlights the policy implications of research into the earthquake experiences of 150 Christchurch women interviewed for the Women’s Voices – Ngā Reo O Ngā Wahine Project. It focuses…

Emergency & Disaster Women/Wāhine
Ethnicity and Diversity

A Social Justice Lens to Examine Refugee Populations Affected by Disasters

By: Jay Marlowe
Published: 2014-07-01

The pedagogical implications of encouraging social work students to consider the inter-sections of social justice with communities affected by disasters are considerable. This focus is key as disasters can impact…

Emergency & Disaster Migrants and Former Refugees
Non-profit Sector

A Community-led, Science-informed Conversation around the Future Use of the Avon River Residential Red Zone

By: S Vallance and P Tait
Published: 2013-09-17

Lincoln University was commissioned by the Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON) to estimate the value of the benefits of a ‘recreation reserve’ or ‘river park’ in the Avon River Residential Red Zone…

Community Development Environment

Small-holder Coffee Grower and Livelihoods in Timor-Leste : Current status, Issues and Challenges

By: Anura Widana
Published: 2013-06-30

Based on a field study in 2013, it analyses the role of coffee production in the socio-economic and livelihoods of small-holders. It presents prospects for livelihoods upliftment and some of…

Community Development Economics & Finances Research & Evaluation
Ethnicity and Diversity

Immigrants’ experiences of nature-based recreation in New Zealand

By: Brent Lovelock, Kirsten Lovelock, Carla Jellum and Anna Thompson. Centre for Recreation Research, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Published: 2012-10-03

This study addresses the recreational behaviours of immigrants and ethnic minorities, with a focus on nature-based recreation in national and regional parks. The study was comprised of a survey questionnaire…

Community Development Environment Migrants and Former Refugees

The relationships of geographical variations in health outcomes and earthquake impact

By: Simon Kingham
Published: 2012-09-10

This paper was presented at the CHRISTCHURCH EARTHQUAKES: SEMINAR SERIES 2012. Earthquake research in the field of mental health – Outcomes & Impacts by Prof Simon Kingham, Department of Geography…

Emergency & Disaster Health & Wellbeing Mental Health

Whatever happened to Tuatapere?

By: Pamela A. Smith
Published: 2009-12-04

The focus of this study is on Tuatapere, a rural south island community and how it managed the dramatic social changes over the past fifty years. Government policies,changes in international…

Community Development Employment & Labour Environment

Responsible Humans: Identifying Community Leaders and Building Sustainable Organisations

By: Jarrod Coburn
Published: 2009-06-01

This article was written to support a presentation to the World Conference in Disaster Management 2009 (Toronto, Canada). In it there is presented a method to rediscover the forgotten tool…

Community Development Emergency & Disaster Environment
Non-profit Sector

Engaging Urban Communities: six case studies of Auckland community-based restoration projects

By: Scott, K
Published: 2007-06-01

This report reviews practices of community engagement, capacity building and partnering in 6 community-based integrated catchment management (ICM) projects, with a focus on what is working well, challenges and lessons…

Community Development Environment

Global Learning for Sustainability – With Peoples’ Wisdom

By: Katherine Peet, John Peet
Published: 1992-01-01

Based on observed giving, BERL estimated that New Zealanders gave between .24 billion and .46 billion during the 2005/2006 year. Our best estimate in this range suggests total philanthropic funding…

Education & Training Sustainability
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